With the launch of our ‘It’s Missing’ campaign in May this year, our local support groups are fighting to put mental health and emotional well-being at the top of the agenda.
Our supporters, volunteers and groups across the south west have joined the campaign to have their say on diabetes and mental health. On a local level, our Nailsea, Backwell and District support group welcomed a speaker from Wellspring Counselling to their public meeting on 17 July, giving group members the vital opportunity to talk about and share their own experiences of living with diabetes.
The evening began with the question “What anxieties do you experience with diabetes?” and the chance for people to share some of the challenges, fears and anxieties they experience when managing their own, or a family member’s, diabetes. Responses varied from fear of overnight hypos to weight management and lack of understanding from others. One thing that became a reoccurring theme throughout the evening was stress and fear of the unpredictable.
Having identified the things that trigger peoples’ anxiety and fears, the group then looked at ways to alleviate those feelings and what people enjoy doing. Sharing tips and ideas with each other gave members the chance to explore new ways of reducing stress, particularly with a focus on improving physical well-being at the same time as emotional well-being.