This year, National Diabetes Week runs from July 11th to July 17th.
In 2021, Diabetes Australia are continuing their Heads Up campaign which will focus on the mental health of those living with diabetes. More specifically this year, they will focus on the stigma that surrounds diabetes.
Unfortunately, more than 4 in 5 people with diabetes have experienced diabetes stigma and nearly 50% of people with diabetes have experienced mental health challenges in the last 12 months.
Stigma can affect many different aspects of life for people that suffer from diabetes, including their mental health and wellbeing.
Diabetes sufferers experience this stigma when they are blamed for having diabetes, while doing what they can to manage it such as injecting insulin in public or when they experience some affects and complications such as low blood sugar.
This stigma leaves the diabetes sufferer feeling misunderstood and even guilty about their condition. It can lead to people not sharing their diagnosis with others, getting the help and support they need, or doing what they need to do each day to manage their diabetes and stay well.
This National Diabetes Week, let’s have a conversation about the real impact diabetes stigma can have on a person’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
Help raise awareness about the campaign by spreading the word.
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