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Are you a you a parent or carer and feel like you need extra support at times? 

Acceptance and commitment therapy 

Acceptance and commitment therapy, also known as ‘ACT’, is an evidence-based approach aiming to improve something we call psychological flexibility. This means that it uses effective strategies to increase our awareness of our experiences, help with difficult thoughts and feelings, and work on meaningful actions to improve our wellbeing.

ACT’s key message is to accept what is out of our personal control and commit to taking action in a way that will improve our lives, based upon personal values. 

We at Diabetes Scotland understand that it can be tough to care for a child with diabetes. That's why we want to support you just as we support anyone living with diabetes. A trainee health psychologist has been working with us to develop an ACT-based programme called AcT1on.  

What is ‘AcT1on’? 

AcT1on is a therapeutic programme for parents and carers of children with diabetes. It's based on ACT and it's the first self-guided programme of its kind. It includes eight sessions with a video and exercises to complete in a handbook. 

The programme is not therapy itself and is not a substitute for therapy, but it uses thinking strategies and tools which are based on the acceptance and commitment therapy approach.

The programme is completely self-guided, so you can complete it according to your schedule. The sessions are useful on their own and all together. 

AcT1on has been reviewed and shaped by parents and healthcare professionals to make it as useful as possible for parents and carers of children living with type 1 diabetes, 

Who is it useful for?

  • Parents or carers who may feel that they do not have time to look after their own wellbeing.
  • Parents or carers who may feel fearful, nervous, or anxious when thinking about their child’s diabetes.
  • Parents or carers who may be struggling to accept their child’s diagnosis.
  • Parents or carers who experience stress when managing their child’s condition.
  • Parents or carers who feel stuck when trying to balance their child's safety with letting them experience life fully. 
  • Parents or carers who having challenging thoughts and feelings around the stigma of their child’s diagnosis.

Sign up today

Fill in our form and we will send you the AcT1on handbook with links to the videos.

For further information or any questions on the programme, you can also get in touch with us at:


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