Psoriasis Shout Out roadshow

In 2014, I had the great pleasure of travelling to Manchester to take part in the inaugural Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out.  I had no idea what to expect, but any event that promised to raise awareness and help people with psoriasis was always going to have my support.

What resulted was a week that was so extraordinary, it left a lasting impression on me.  I watched as psoriasis was taken out of the shadows and put centre stage.  I saw the significant impact it had on patients; some of whom shed tears at finally realising they were not alone in battling this disease.  I surveyed a marquee full of people slowly start to smile as they learned about the research being done on behalf of every psoriasis patient.  As the days passed, I observed the growth of optimism, the swell of confidence and the belief that with so many new treatment options available, psoriasis no longer needed to be the life sentence it once was.

And it got me thinking…

All of this wonderful work was taking place in Manchester, yet just a short hop & skip across the Irish Sea, there were so many psoriasis patients who could also benefit from such an event.  There and then, I resolved that the Shout Out should come to Ireland!  And so, with the help and support of Prof Brian Kirby, Consultant Dermatologist in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, I am thrilled to say that the inaugural Irish Psoriasis Shout Out will be taking place on Wed 22nd and Thurs 23rd June on St. Stephen’s Green from 10am until 4pm each day.

We will have a healthcare trailer located outside the Unitarian Church (opposite the Luas Green Line) with dermatologists, dermatology nurses, rheumatology staff, psychologists and patient ambassadors all present, to offer help and advice to patients as well as raise awareness of psoriasis amongst the general public.   With your support, we hope to grow this event so that together we can educate people, remove the stigma so often associated with this disease and promote understanding of psoriasis.  Please come and join us.  We’d love to meet you.

Helen Hanrahan

Download the flyer here