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World AS Day

This years World AS Day focusses on the mental health needs of those living with axial SpA (AS).

We’re excited to announce a programme of sessions coming live to your living room. See the schedule below.

All sessions can be accessed at the times below by visiting:


Thursday 30 April – 4pm

Sophie Matthew – An Introduction to Mindfulness

An introduction to mindfulness and how it can help in these difficult times, with a couple of opportunities to practice a short mindfulness meditation and get an experience of its benefits.

The session will comprise:

  • A brief introduction to Sophie, her history with AS, NASS and Mindfulness.
  • The raisin exercise. (Come prepared with a raisin if you can!)
  • A brief definition of mindfulness and explanation of how / why it is helpful in these difficult times – how it can help you find calm and resilience in the face of anxiety and stress. If time a (very) brief discussion on the benefits identified by research and neuroscience, perhaps mentioning how it helps with pain as well as anxiety.
  • A body scan meditation followed by some time responding to questions / comments on how people found this.

Sophie Matthew is a NASS member and lives with axial SpA (AS). She is fully trained in Mindfulness and runs physical and virtual group sessions, concentrating particularly on people living with long term conditions.

Friday 1 May – 12pm

Diane Aronson – Looking after your emotional wellbeing

Diane Aronson will be leading a session about looking after your emotional wellbeing during the current situation. Diane has lead a session at a previous members day and for many years she was part of the AS Rehab course at the RNHRD, running group and individual sessions with the AS patients on the course. She wrote the wellbeing section on the NASS website which was printed in AS News.

Sunday 3 May – 3pm

James Hillery – Live Bake-a-long

Great British Bake-Offs James Hillery will be showing us how to bake Ginger nuts.
Here are the ingredients you will need:

50g butter
4 tbsp golden syrup
50g soft brown sugar
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of salt