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Mindsmatter support for people with diabetes

Posted on the 17th June 2016

With Diabetes Week under way, the Mindsmatter service is encouraging people in Lancashire/St Helens to get in touch if they are feeling low or need a bit of support whether they’ve had a recent diagnosis or have been living with diabetes for a while.  

People will react in different ways to receiving a diagnosis of a long term condition such as diabetes. For some, it may be easy to adjust to any changes in lifestyle while others may have anxiety about the future and their overall health. The Mindsmatter service, part of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, is inviting people who are living with diabetes to get in touch if they are feeling low or have anxiety regarding their health. The Mindsmatter service provides a variety of support ranging from Stress Control Workshops, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and one to one sessions to help people find coping strategies that work for them to help relieve the symptoms of common mental health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety.

Phil Gooden, Mindsmatter Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“It can be a daunting time receiving a diagnosis of a condition such as diabetes as it could mean making some changes to lifestyle or adapting to taking medications. Some people, both newly diagnosed or those who have been living with the condition for a while may sometimes find they struggle with their mental wellbeing as a result of this. We’re reminding people that there is support out there for anyone who is feeling low or apprehensive about living with a long term health condition and they shouldn’t have to go through it alone. Talking to friends, family or your diabetes healthcare professional can provide some relief however if people are experiencing regular low mood or other symptoms such as anxiety, there are services available to help look at improving mental health and wellbeing specifically. If anyone feels they would benefit from support in this area, I would encourage them to self-refer to their local Mindsmatter team who will provide a tailored approach to helping individuals look towards a positive and healthy future.”

Diabetes Week is a national campaign taking place between 12 and 18 June. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘setting the record straight’ and is looking to bust some myths surrounding diabetes. More information about the week can be found by visiting www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week or you can follow the conversations on Twitter using the hashtags #actuallydiabetes #diabetesweek.

For more information about your local Mindsmatter service and to access their online self-referral form please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Mindsmatter.