Diabetes and Mental Wellbeing

National Diabetes Week 2020

The theme for National Diabetes Week is ‘Diabetes and Mental Wellbeing’. The campaign highlights the mental and emotional health impact of living with diabetes.

Diabetes can be hard to manage and may not always go to plan. This can be exhausting and lead to diabetes distress, the emotional burden of living with and managing diabetes. The good news is that people living with diabetes don’t have to go it alone. Diabetes WA is here to help with a range of support and resources for all people living with diabetes.

National Diabetes Week Events

Staying on track

Join one of our Credentialled Diabetes Educators to hear tips and tricks for staying on track when your normal routine changes.

Staying Sane

In this webinar, Jennifer will talk about the impact of stress on your mental health, diabetes management, and blood glucose levels.

T2 and exercise

Learn how physical activity can help with your diabetes management and how best to incorporate activity into your daily life.

Tech & Diabetes

One of our credentialled diabetes educators, will discuss insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring and flash monitoring.


National Diabetes Week Tool Kit

If you are interested in promoting National Diabetes Week or are looking for resources to support people who may be experiencing diabetes distress or other mental health conditions, please see the Tool Kit below.


National Diabetes Week is running from 12 – 18 July 2020 and the theme is Diabetes and Mental Wellbeing Diabetes Education Sessions What is diabetes distress?

National Diabetes Week is running from 12 – 18 July 2020 and the theme is Diabetes and Mental Wellbeing.

For 131,000 Western Australians living with diabetes can be overwhelming. If you’re one of them from time to time you may feel frustrated, guilty, sad or worried about your diabetes management. You don’t have to go it alone!
@DiabetesWA has Credentialled Diabetes Educators who are available on their helpline, 1300 001 880, to answer any burning questions you may have about diabetes. For more information, please visit www.diabeteswa.com.au


National Diabetes Week 12 – 18 July 2020, Diabetes and Mental Wellbeing

Diabetes is a complex condition and often people living with diabetes experience diabetes distress. This experience can be from not fully understanding the condition and feeling overwhelmed by what they now must consider and make sense of. Diabetes WA offer 100’s of free workshops every year to build confidence and understanding on how to manage diabetes and reduce the feelings of distress.

Check out their online and face to face workshops across WA here: https://bit.ly/2NS3C6x


National Diabetes Week 12 – 18 July
Diabetes distress is the emotional burden of living with and managing diabetes, and can be really difficult to deal with.
Diabetes distress can vary depending on a person’s individual circumstance, but it can include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by the demands of living with diabetes
  • Feeling concerned that they’re ‘failing’ with diabetes management
  • Worrying about the risks of long-term complications
  • Feeling frustrated that they can’t manage their diabetes from one day to the next
  • Feeling guilty when their diabetes management falls off course.

Read more about diabetes distress here: https://bit.ly/3f1VNr5

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by their diabetes management, feel free to call the @DiabetesWA helpline, 1300 001 880, to speak to a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. It is open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.


Be kind to yourself Try not to blame yourself Take a diabetes holiday
Managing Diabetes Distress Tip #1 – Be kind to yourself
It’s easy to be clouded by negativity when we’re feeling down or frustrated but being kind to yourself is a great way to boost your mood. Think taking a relaxing bath, treating yourself to a massage or reading a book, watching a show or listening to a podcast that uplifts you.What self care activities do you like to do?#NationalDiabetesWeek2020

Managing Diabetes Distress Tip #2 – Quit the self blame

Given diabetes can be unpredictable from one day to the next, it is common to feel like you are not in control and are ‘failing’ when it comes to self-management. It’s important to remember that you will have good and bad days and that your blood glucose level is just a number and not a reflection of who you are. Instead of blaming yourself, let go of expectations and focus on doing the things you can achieve, and change the way you talk about your diabetes. For example, when referring to your blood glucose levels, avoid using the terms “good” or “bad” and instead use “high” or “low”.


Managing Diabetes Distress Tip #3 – Take a diabetes holiday

If you feel completely fed up with living with diabetes, talking to your healthcare team about taking a ‘diabetes holiday’ might help. While we know you can’t completely ignore your diabetes, your healthcare team may be able to give you tips on different ways of taking a safe break from monitoring, or monitoring less frequently, for a short period of time.

If you’re not sure where to start or would like further information on this, Diabetes WA has a team of Credentialled Diabetes Educators ready to answer your burning questions. Their free helpline service is available on 1300 001 880 and is open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm.


Reassess your diabetes goals Get Connected Diabetes Distress – Emily’s Story

Managing Diabetes Distress Tip #4 – Reassess your diabetes goals

If you’ve set the bar too high and feel like you’re not hitting the ‘goals’ you’ve set yourself when it comes to diabetes management, it’s worth reassessing where you’re at. Start by setting yourself one or two small, realistic and achievable goals that may help boost your confidence. For example, if you want to increase your physical activity, start small by setting yourself a goal of completing two doable active sessions a week and, once this is achieved, slowly build it up. @DiabetesWA recommends consulting with your healthcare team to change up any goals. If you would like to speak to one of their Credentialled Diabetes Educators, give them a call on 1300 001 880

What diabetes management goals do you have?


Managing Diabetes Distress Tip #5– Get ConnectedWhether it’s a close friend or a family member, talking to someone about how you’re feeling is a great form of therapy. Joining a peer support group and talking to others who face similar challenges can also be reassuring and a timely reminder that you are not alone.

You can find a diabetes support group near you on @diabeteswa ‘s website: https://bit.ly/38CjQKM


Diabetes Distress – Emily’s StoryNational Diabetes Week runs from 12 -18 July 2020 and the theme is Diabetes and Mental Health. Hear Emily, who lives with type 1 diabetes, share her experiences of living with diabetes distress. If you or someone you know has any queries about living with diabetes, please call @DiabetesWA to speak to one of their Credentialled Diabetes Educators. They are available Monday – Friday, 8:30am -4:30pm, on 1300 001 880.
Watch her interview on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS-3nCxBGsw&feature=youtu.be




Urgent support information

If you, or someone you know, are in a life-threatening emergency, please contact 000 or go to your nearest hospital immediately.

If you are experiencing a non-life-threatening emergency, please visit your GP as soon as possible.

You could also consider contacting:

  • Lifeline WA on 13 11 14
  • Healthdirect on 1800 022 002.

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