The key recommendation in this report is that psychological support should be integrated into diabetes care.
That’s because around four in ten people with diabetes experience diabetes-specific emotional distress, which affects their ability to manage the condition and has important implications for their long-term health and the NHS. The report highlights the barriers people with diabetes experience have to access help alongside the problems that healthcare professionals face when trying to get support for their patients.
The APPG also heard about some excellent examples of services that were addressing the emotional and mental health needs of people with diabetes. The APPG report recommends that diabetes services should integrate routine psychological support and ensure that diabetes teams can routinely and effectively assess the need for referral to more formal mental health support and psychological services.
The APPG report also recognises the need to improve and develop opportunities for peer support for people with diabetes.
Nikki Joule, Policy Manager at Diabetes UK, said:
“This report from the APPG on diabetes echoes one of the main findings from our own Future of Diabetes report from last year, showing that people living with diabetes and their families urgently need more emotional and psychological support.
“People have told us over and over that managing diabetes can be stressful and isolating. Emotional and psychological health is paramount and we must take every step possible to ensure that every person with diabetes has access to the support that they need.
“As part of our work to make sure that every person with diabetes has access to adequate psychological support, we are seeking views and experiences of people with diabetes when they seek emotional support.”
To share your views and experiences, go to our survey on emotional support and diabetes.