Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out raising awareness of the skin condition psoriasis
Patients, researchers, doctors and nurses are teaming up to organise a fashion show, poetry evening and flash mob dance as part of a series of events around Greater Manchester to raise awareness of the skin condition psoriasis.
The Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out, organised by The University of Manchester and Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, takes place from 28 April to 2 May and will highlight three key innovative academic studies into the debilitating skin condition.
As well as fashion tips for psoriasis members of the public can visit a skin health care trailer which is calling at various sites across Manchester. The roadshow calls at St Ann’s Square (Monday 28 April); Media City UK (Tuesday 29 April), Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (Wednesday 30 April); University Place, The University of Manchester (Thursday 1 May) and intu Trafford Centre (Friday 2 May). The Salford Royal event, which runs 9.30am-3.30pm, will provide opportunities to chat to other people with the condition, meet professionals or try a complimentary massage or ‘mindfulness’ taster session 12.30-13.00. At 2.30pm there will be a series of short presentations by leading dermatologists including Professor Chris Griffiths, comedian/presenter and psoriasis patient Toby Hadoke and fashion blogger Helen followed by a question and answer session.
Salford-born comedian and actor John Thompson is backing The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out campaign. Thompson, who starred in Cold Feet and more recently treaded the cobbles on Coronation Street has had the condition since 2002.
He says in a video for the Shout Out: “Had it really bad. Now very lucky to say that it has virtually gone with the help of biologics. (a type of treatment).
“There is hope out there for psoriasis sufferers who have this terrible condition. I’ve waited over 10 years and finally I can say I am on the mend. Worry not! There are things out there that will change your life, which is why I am supporting the Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out.”
The Shout Out also includes the re-launch of See Psoriasis: Look Deeper - an ongoing campaign to explore the link between psoriasis and psychological well-being. A collaboration between The Psoriasis Association, The Mental Health Foundation, academics and clinicians, the See Psoriasis: Look Deeper team will be holding a reception at Manchester Town Hall to showcase the work of the campaign.
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