Different ways to talk to someone about your diabetes
This National Time to Talk Day, we look at all the different ways we can help you talk about how you’re feeling, whether you are living with diabetes yourself or you know someone who is.
Living with diabetes can be daunting.
Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed, have been living with the condition for some time or are close to someone with the condition, talking about diabetes can really help.
Sharing your story, your fears, your triumphs or just sounding off about what it’s like to live with diabetes can be a massive weight off your mind – and offer great peace of mind – especially if it’s with people who know what you’re going through and share the same experiences as you.
Here at Diabetes UK, we have a number of ways you can talk about living with diabetes.
Chat to us through our helpline
Our confidential helpline is staffed by trained counsellors who know a lot about diabetes. They can give you information about the condition, take time to talk things through and explore emotional, social, psychological or practical difficulties. It’s open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, so give us a call.
Join a local support group
These groups offer people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. They’re all run by volunteers and usually meet every month, often with a speaker talking about things like food or getting active. Check out of website for more info and to find a support group in your area.
Share your story
Talking face to face isn’t right for everyone – you might prefer to chat online or write to others. We publish real stories on our website, by real people from all walks of life, just like you.
Each of these stories is there to inspire, highlight different aspects of living with or being affected by diabetes, or simply to show that – whatever your situation – you’re not alone. Writing and sharing your experiences can be a great way of expressing how you’re feeling too.
Join the conversation on social media
We have lots of social media channels that offer the latest news and developments in diabetes treatments and research. These are also great place to comment and share information with others living with diabetes.
However you use social media, we’ve got somewhere you can go to join the conversation:
Chat to others in our Support Forum
Our forum is an online community where you can swap knowledge and experiences with other people with diabetes, and with their family members and carers.
It’s free to sign up, and you don’t need to use your real name if you don’t want to. If you’re not ready to talk about how you’re feeling face to face, this might be the place for you.
Simon McCoy, who’s living with Type 2 diabetes, said the forum has helped him more than he ever could have imagined:
The forum was the best source of information: real people, real experiences and most of all, real compassion. I highly recommend it, I learnt a lot from these people. I’m now less fearful, more knowledgeable and knowledge is power.
However you chose to do it, use today to talk about diabetes. One conversation about diabetes could change someone’s whole life.