BAD launches psychological support website

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has launched a new website to provide psychological support for people with skin conditions

Dermatology patients can access online psychological support (Photograph: iStock)
Dermatology patients can access online psychological support (Photograph: iStock)
Skin Support, which is funded by the DH, brings together and links to patient information leaflets, support groups, self-help materials and helplines.
It is a centralised hub that provides co-ordinated resources appropriate to people with problems that go beyond their skin and are psychological or psychiatric.
Diseases that are visible, disfiguring or long-term can carry a multitude of psychological and social effects, including isolation, depression and even suicide. A BAD survey in 2011 revealed that 85% of patients indicated to their dermatologist that the psychosocial aspects of their skin disease were a major component of their illness.
Furthermore, stress, which is often associated with skin conditions, is also known to cause and exacerbate skin disease. Therefore psychological and self-help interventions can be crucial in improving many of the physical symptoms of the skin disorder, as well as easing mental distress.
BAD president Dr David Eedy said: ‘A report produced by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin in 2013 showed that there is underprovision of psychodermatology services. While a website can in no way replace this kind of specialist care, it is a good starting point and will be of enormous benefit to clinicians as well as patients.’

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