Emotional support and diabetes

We want to know about how living with diabetes affects your emotional wellbeing, including your experiences of any support you have received for this.

Emotional wellbeing is difficult to define as it means different things to different people but, broadly, it relates to your thoughts and feeling. Good emotional wellbeing may mean experiencing positive emotions such as joy, pleasure, competence, acceptance and support. Poor emotional wellbeing may mean experiencing negative emotions such as stress, low mood, distress, isolation and anxiety.

This survey is designed for adults (aged 18+) living with diabetes and adults caring for someone who has diabetes (e.g. a parent of a child with diabetes, or a carer of a relative with diabetes).  Your responses will help us to shape what support Diabetes UK provides and our future campaign to improve emotional and psychological support.
If you feel you need someone to talk to, the Diabetes UK Helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, and is staffed by trained counsellors. If you’re in England, Wales or Northern Ireland call 0345 123 2399 or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk. If you’re in Scotland call 0141 212 8710 or email helpline.scotland@diabetes.org.uk.

If you currently feel distressed or at risk to yourself or others, please contact your local GP practice and ask for an emergency appointment. Outside of normal GP opening times please call the out of hours service on 111. You can also call the Samaritans on 116 123 for support and advice 24 hours a day.