Jake O’Brien has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 2015 and understands first-hand that taking care of one’s mental health and wellbeing is crucial when living with diabetes.
Highlighting that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop an eating disorder, Jake says getting set up with a mental health care plan helps.
“People living with type 1 diabetes have 30% increased risk of eating disorders compared to the general population and it helps to talk to someone by joining a peer support group and your GP about a mental health care plan if you’re struggling,”Jake said.
“I have gone through periods where my diabetes has been more challenging than usual, it’s still always good to talk to someone about it even if you don’t struggle with an eating disorder.”
Jake chairs the Type 1 Diabetes Collective. It was created for adults living with type 1 diabetes who are passionate about advocating for change and empowering others living with diabetes.
Jake says peer support groups like the Type 1 Diabetes Collective help people feel comfortable sharing with those on similar journeys.
“With Men’s Health Week in mind, I think it would be beneficial particularly for men to join peer support groups when facing challenges with their health, men don’t really like talking about their problems but it’s important not to feel isolated when managing a chronic illness.”
Visit www.ndss.com.au for the Diabetes and Disordered Eating Fact Sheet.
To learn more about the Type 1 Diabetes Collective visit www.pdchealthhub.com.au
To talk to someone about your challenges with diabetes contact the Diabetes WA Helpline on 1300 001 880.