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These booklets, factsheets, toolkits and reports are free for you to download. We are committed to provide free information on our website but we are a small charity and if you are able to make a donation to help cover costs of producing and revising our publications, it would make a big difference.

All about M.E.: symptoms and management

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a chronic fluctuating illness. It is commonly also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or CFS/M.E.). Sometimes it is diagnosed as Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS).

The onset of M.E. can be gradual or sudden. The symptoms vary from person to person and they may be mild, moderate or severe. Whatever your experience, you share something in common with every other person with M.E. – you want to make sure you’re doing all the right things to help you get better. Coping with M.E. is a challenge but there are ways in which you can take control and learn to manage the illness effectively.

This booklet has been developed with the input of professionals and people with the illness to help you find out about M.E. We hope you find it useful.

What is M.E.? / Living with M.E. / Health & care professionals / Employers & teachers


Newly diagnosed with M.E.

Healthcare professionals and people with M.E. alike tell us they would like more information and support about the diagnosis, symptoms and management of M.E. This resource is intended to do just that. We hope that patients will share it with GPs, and that GPs will share it with colleagues.

Living with M.E. / What is M.E.? / Health & care professionals


Action for M.E. 2016-2021 strategy

Over the next five years, our purpose is to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect experienced by people with M.E. We will do this by meeting need now while taking action to secure change for the future. Starting in 2016, everything we do over the next five years will be in service of achieving three goals, which we call our strategic touchstones, to tackle these challenges.

What is M.E.? / Living with M.E. / Health & care professionals / Employers & teachers / Research / Make a difference


An overview of M.E.

This factsheet offers an overview of M.E. including symptoms, diagnosis and management options available. For a more detailed description of the condition and its impact, please see our longer booklet, All about M.E.

What is M.E.? / Health & care professionals / Employers & teachers / Living with M.E.


Action for M.E. Trustee report and accounts 2015-2016

How are we making a difference to the lives of people affected by M.E.? Our annual report shares activities and achievements undertaken in line with our three strategic touchstones - inform and influence, empower and support, and research - and sets out how we raised and spent our money from April 2015 to March 2016.

What is M.E.? / Make a difference


Action for M.E. Trustee report and accounts 2014–2015

People with M.E. deserve better. That has been a message that we, and others, have been pushing for many years. Read our Trustee report and accounts 2014–2015 to find out how we are making a difference to the lives of those affected by M.E. 

What is M.E.? / Make a difference


M.E./CFS Research Funding report

Commissioned by the UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative conference and launched at its 2016 conference, this report highlights that M.E. research represents less than 1% of all active grants given by UK mainstream funding agencies. Based on this report, and the scientific discussions at the conference, the Medical Research Council (MRC) will review its M.E./CFS highlight notice, the mechanism by which researchers are alerted to areas that are a high priority for the MRC, with a view to encourage more applications. 

Research / What is M.E.?


Close to collapse

M.E. is a chronic disabling condition that can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. This interim report, based on findings from our 2015 survey, demonstrates the shocking gap between the need for social care, and the provision of appropriate services, for adults in the UK with this disabling condition.

Living with M.E. / What is M.E.? / Employers & teachers / Health & care professionals / Make a difference / Research


“My life stopped...”

This report focuses on the experiences of 298 people identifying themselves as severely affected (out of 2,081 total respondents with M.E.) who took part in Action for M.E.’s 2014 health, welfare, employment and education survey.

Living with M.E. / What is M.E.? / Make a difference


Don't ignore M.E. poster

Download and print our new 'Don't ignore M.E.' awareness-raising poster. Don't have a printer? Contact us to order paper copies.

What is M.E.? / Living with M.E. / Health & care professionals / Employers & teachers / Make a difference


Don't ignore M.E. leaflet

Download and print our new 'Don't ignore M.E.' awareness-raising leaflet. Don't have a printer? Contact us to order paper copies. 

Make a difference / What is M.E.? / Living with M.E. / Employers & teachers / Health & care professionals