How can I stop getting bullied at school about my diabetes?

Question

How do I stop getting stressed and bullied about my diabetes at school?

Libby says

Having diabetes sometimes can feel like its really difficult and hard and so I can see why you may feel stressed about dealing with it at school.  Not only that there are lots of other things that are stressful about being at school with all the work that you have to do and any exams you have to prepare for, coping with your diabetes on top of this can feel like your overloaded. 

If you feel stressed the best thing to do would be to write down a list of all the different things which are stressing you out at the moment and then choose one thing on the list to concentrate on. 

With that one thing make sure you talk to an adult about it and ask them how you can make doing the task a bit easier and whether anything can help you.  When you feel OK about the changes you have made then look at another thing on your list and get some help to make that a bit easier for yourself.  In this way you try to work on one thing at a time but don't try to make everything better at the same time as you will feel very stressed. 

Another thing to remember is that even though you feel stressed about having diabetes sometimes, you have been treating your diabetes as best you can since you were diagnosed, so well done for doing this and always remember what a brilliant job you are doing with all the effort you put into treating your diabetes.

You have mentioned that you are getting bullied because of having diabetes at school which I am so sorry to hear!  Its not nice to hear that there are young people out there that will act like this towards some who have Type 1 diabetes, but unfortunately we do hear from some at school who tell us this is happening.  Bullying is wrong in any form.  Do remember that you have more courage than most people do, just by coping with diabetes you are stronger than most, so don't let bullies get to you. 

Do you have a teacher you are close to in your school or one of your parents or both of them or an adult which you have told about how you are being treated by other students? If not then this is the best thing to do so that they are aware of it and can then help to stop it from happening. It can be hard to go up to someone and tell them so it might be easier to write a note to your parents explaining how you feel, or perhaps tell in someone outside the immediate family, like a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin and ask them to help you tell your parents what's going on.

At school your form tutor needs to know what is going on so try to find a time to tell him/her when it won't be noticeable. You could stay behind after a lesson pretending to need help with some work. If you don't feel you can do that, then go to the medical room and speak to the school nurse. 

Always talk to someone about what is happening so that you do have that support.  You can also call our care line on 0345 123 2399, Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm or you can call Childline on: 0800 1111 or check out ChildLine's website.

Please have a look a tour video about Type 1 diabetes, which can be shown to other young people at your school to educate them about diabetes, as a lot of bullying (not saying it's OK) is because people do not know the facts about diabetes and what it is. Maybe you can ask a teacher or your head of year whether it is something they can show the school perhaps?

There are also real life stories from other young people who have also faced bullies at school because they have Type 1 diabetes and how they felt about it and sometimes how they have dealt with it also at the bottom of the page with the video so please do have a look at it. Remember you’re not alone in feeling the way that you do. Many young people are struggling to deal with their diabetes but after a while you will get used to it and find it easier to manage!   You should be really proud of yourself for all the effort you've put into keeping yourself going and remember you are a strong young lady.  

You can call the Helpline on 0345 123 2399* Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. The lines are staffed by trained counsellors who will be happy to offer any support or information they can. 

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