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Diabetes Week in Northern Ireland

Diabetes Week 14-20 June

Diabetes Week 2021 will be happening from 14 - 20 June. This year, we’ll be telling #DiabetesStories from all corners of the UK. In Northern Ireland, we have three exciting sessions lined up that we think you'll be interested in.

Diabetes Week 14-20 June

We're really excited about Diabetes Week this year and hope that you will join with us as we celebrate, highlight, discuss and debate all things diabetes. We have had a busy year and you've told us what really matters to you.

From all our discussions, one issue remained a priority - mental health. From that, we have worked with colleagues, researchers, volunteers and healthcare professionals to provide three dedicated sessions during Diabetes Week.

  • Disordered Eating - Tuesday 15 June, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Hear from Diabetes UK researchers on this topic and what support is available locally. You can register online.

  • Diabetes and the Menopause – Thursday 17 June, 7.30pm-8.30pm

Join our guest speakers including local experts, to discuss the menopause and how it impacts diabetes management. There will also be an opportunity to highlight what is still needed in terms of care and support. You can register online.

  • Lunch time Mindfulness session with Lisa -  Thursday 17th June, 12.30pm

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on or being aware of what you're sensing and how you're feeling in the moment.

It can be helpful at a time like this to take time to take a breath and ground yourself. Lisa will take us through a variety of mindfulness techniques and ways of relaxing so even if some of them don’t suit you hopefully you will find something that works for you. Much like exercise, mindfulness is something that gets better and more effective with practice.

Register here. You must be over the age of 18 to attend this session.


Befriender Scheme is open 

We have been so excited to see our Befriender Scheme blossom over the last year and hear how it has made a real impact. It has been especially helpful during times of lockdown and feelings of isolation and loneliness. As we emerge at different speeds and at different levels from lockdown, it is ok to want to talk to someone else who is living with diabetes and understands what you are dealing with.

I look forward to phoning my befriender scheme friends. Talking about diabetes was the ice breaker for us in our first few meetings but it seldom is now. We talk about families, books, film and tv, current affairs and all sorts of things. I think my two friends like our discussions. They tell me that anyway. John is 90 plus and lives alone. His daughter visits him frequently and between them they manage his T1 very well. He is very knowledgeable about all sorts of things and has a very interesting large family circle. He is the eldest and is clearly a very important part of his family clan. If I was asked to describe John I would tell you ‘he could talk for Ireland’. My other friend is a lady who has a similar outlook on life to me. Her and I often sort out the cares of the world, one by one, of course. We have a bit to go before the job is done!

Tom, Befriender

If you would like to become a Befriender or make contact with a Befriender then please contact us today or call 0746 9154 823.


 Know diabetes and Know Your Risk

In Northern Ireland there are over 104,000 people living with diabetes and approximately 90% of those are living with type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly (known as insulin resistance). We have an online risk tool called Know Your Risk which can help you assess what you need and to help you talk to your GP about any concerns you might have. If you would like to talk to anyone about our Know Your Risk tool or any other diabetes-related concerns then please call our Helpline on 0345 123 2399.

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