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Let’s talk about diabetes, distress and depression

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland has teamed up with AWARE and Royal College of Psychiatrists to hold an event to raise awareness about diabetes, distress and depression during Diabetes Week on Thursday 14 June.

AWARE, the depression charity for Northern Ireland, has been reaching out to local communities to break down the stigma attached to depression and to ensure that people are familiar with the support and range of services they provide in the area.

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland National Director, Jillian Patchett said, ‘Living with diabetes is not easy and talking about it isn’t easy either. This Diabetes Week we are encouraging people to #TalkAboutDiabetes to encourage and support one another whilst trying to manage this serious condition.

‘We know that at least 4 in 10 people with diabetes experience emotional or psychological problems such as depression, anxiety and diabetes-related emotional distress. Attending this event could be the first step to not only learning more about your diabetes but also to talk about what worries you with your diabetes.

‘We are really pleased to work with AWARE and the Royal College of Psychiatrists and are looking forward to hearing from speakers about diabetes distress.’

Head of Business Development at AWARE Tom McEneaney said, “AWARE is delighted to be teaming up with Diabetes UK and Royal College of Psychiatrists to raise awareness of this important issue and to encourage people to talk about their mental health and to help reduce the stigma associated with it.”

If you are living with diabetes or caring for someone with the condition come along to Malone House, Belfast, on Thursday 14 June from 7pm-9pm. This event is free of charge and everyone is welcome.

To book your place for this event, please email or call 028 9066 6646.

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