Salus Fatigue Foundation is a Charity that aims to promote and protect the good health of people who live with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.), conditions that affect approximately 250,000 people in the United Kingdom.
The conditions include a range of symptoms, such as: extreme physical and mental fatigue; poor memory and concentration; broken sleep; severe joint and muscle pains; recurring infections and digestive problems. Salus founder, Linda, said:
“Symptoms and their severity vary from person to person but I know from my own experience that lives are changed forever by chronic fatigue. It can affect anyone at any age. It’s so often the most active people who are stopped in their tracks by it and family relationships often become strained and people can become isolated, depressed and anxious”.
As a mother of two, at the age of 34, Linda’s whole life changed when she found herself housebound through ME/CFS and she eventually started Salus as a small self-help group in 2009. It has since grown into a registered charity run by people who themselves have effectively managed their own health and well-being whilst living with ME/CFS, enabling Salus to provide its free services with empathy and a deeper understanding. The charity raises its own funds, and also receives grants from the Big Lottery Fund, Lloyds Bank Foundation and Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust.
Recently Salus has developed local ME Community Support Groups in Harborne, Sheldon, and Kings Heath and is in the process of extending its reach to many other areas in the city. For those who are unable to get to a local group, there is also a members-only group on Facebook which people can join. This is a lifeline for some people, with regular contributions and peer support. Kath said:
“I don’t think I’m being too dramatic when I say Salus has saved my life! Supportive, educational, inspirational”.
Salus Fatigue Foundation intends to make the Community Support Group a regular event if they get enough interest.