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M.E.

Let's Talk Social Work

06-04-2023 • 44 min

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, commonly shorted to M.E. and also referred to as chronic fatigue is an illness many people will be aware of. However, the illness is often misunderstood, which can lead to very damaging consequences for people with M.E.


Andy McClenaghan is joined by Sonya Chowdhury, Chief Executive of Action for M.E. and Tony Crouch, Social work advisor to the 25% ME Group and The Young ME Sufferers Trust. They consider the impacts M.E. has on the lives of those affected and what social workers need to know to support and advocate for service users with the illness.


Several resources are referred to during the episode, they can be accessed via the following links:


Action for M.E.: M.E./CFS in children and young people


Action for M.E.: Newly diagnosed with M.E./CFS


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome: diagnosis and management


BASW: Fabricated and Induced Illness Practice Guide


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