Diabetes is more than a physical condition but too often the support people need is missing. As part of a UK-wide campaign, we're calling for a national standard in Scotland to ensure that emotional, psychological and mental health support is integrated within routine diabetes care.
We know that people with diabetes are more likely to experience anxiety and depression. In research conducted by the charity, we found that 7 out of 10 people with diabetes felt overwhelmed by their condition and aren't getting the emotional support they need.
Listen to Joy share her experience of type 2 diabetes and why she thinks emotional and mental health support is so important.
Getting the support people need
We know that there are areas of good practice across Scotland. We want to learn from these so we can help create a 'once for Scotland' approach to diabetes and mental health. No matter where you are in the country, you should be able to access the support you need. Read our report Emotional wellbeing and diabetes: a way forward (PDF, 515KB) to find out more about our recommendations and examples of good practice.
We spoke to Clinical Psychologist, Kirsty McLellan, about an example of good mental health support for people living with diabetes.