From asthma education to smoking cessation, The Lung Association Newfoundland and Labrador offers a number of support programs to the people of this province.
West Coast Asthma Support Group
From Mall displays to Asthma Day Camps, the Corner Brook Asthma Support Group, in partnership with The Lung Association, has been providing asthma education for people residing in the Corner Brook and the greater West Coast area since 1999.
This group of volunteers, with help from various community organizations and health professionals, have been very active in providing families, individuals, day care workers, teachers and the general public with up-to-date information and education for living with asthma.
For more information on this group and their upcoming events, please contact The Lung Association at (709) 726-4664.
'You Can Stop by Starting With Us' Smoking Cessation Group Program
The NL Lung Association’s smoking cessation group program (“You Can Stop by Starting with Us”) was developed in 2003 and has been run regularly at the Smokers’ Helpline office over the years. Over 300 individuals from across the province have been trained as facilitators.
The free group program consists of four 1.5-hour sessions which are based on the 'stages of change' model: the first session focuses on getting motivated to quit, educating participants on the effects of smoking on their body and the benefits of quitting, and also exploring the pros and cons of quitting; the second session focuses on preparing to quit and addresses common concerns about quitting such as withdrawal and weight gain; the third session focuses on taking action and participants are supported in selecting a quit date and creating their quit plan (including managing triggers and temptations); and the fourth session covers relapse prevention.
Facilitators across the province occasionally arrange and run the Group Program in their region. Individuals may call the Smokers' Helpline (1-800-363-5864) to find out if a group is scheduled in your area or to add your name to a list to be informed if one is offered in the future.
We're exploring the possibility of offering this program online so individuals can receive helpful information AND peer support from the comfort of their own home, through online technology. Be sure to follow the NL Smokers' Helpline Facebook page to stay informed about any new programs that are being offered.
Lung Savers Support Group
The Lung Association is currently establishing a network in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to provide information, resources and peer support to help people with COPD better cope with their disease. If you are living with COPD or if you are a health professional or other community organization who is interested in offering support to individuals with COPD, contact us to make some connections in the community!
Support Sleep Savers Support Group
The Lung Association is currently establishing support in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to provide information, resources and peer support to help people with Sleep Apnea better cope with their disease.