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Diabetes Psychology Service

It's recommended that all children and young people living with Diabetes should have access to psychology support as part of their usual Diabetes care.

This is because we know that living with Diabetes can be really tough. It can have a big impact on your mental wellbeing. There's a lot to think about and you can't take a day off from Diabetes – so it's understandable to feel stressed and overwhelmed sometimes.

If you're finding Diabetes difficult, then the Diabetes Psychologist might be able to help.


What can we help with?

The Diabetes Psychologist is a part of the Paediatric Diabetes team and you may see them in clinic and at other events like SEREN education sessions. 

The service aims to help young people and their families to 'live well' with Diabetes. This means being able to manage Diabetes without feeling that it is 'taking over' your life and getting in the way of your doing the things that are important to you. 

Although it's understandable to sometimes feel frustrated and upset with Diabetes, it's important to seek support if you notice having Diabetes is making you feel badly about yourself or causing you to feel low in mood, anxious or stressed.


We help people with all sorts of difficulties. Below are some of the things we help with:

  • Worries about how Diabetes affects your life.
  • Dealing with feelings related to Diabetes, like feeling different from your friends, worry, sadness or anger.
  • Feeling that it's not fair you have to cope with Diabetes
  • Supporting you when managing your Diabetes feels stressful and overwhelming.
  • Helping with the impact of Diabetes on family relationships
  • Coping with treatments that you might feel worried about, like needles.
  • Helping with techniques to make positive changes.
  • Coping with changes in weight, eating and body image.
  • Worries about school.
  • Support for parents, brothers and sisters.


​​If you would like an appointment just ask your Consultant, Dietician or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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