Whether you have been diagnosed recently with diabetes, or you have been living with diabetes for a long time, living with this condition can greatly affect how you feel.
You might feel;
Frustrated or Angry: “Why has this happened to me?” “I shouldn’t have to deal with this!”
Fed up, Low in mood or Depressed: “I can’t do anything that I used to do” “There’s no hope for me”
Worried, Stressed or Anxious: “What does this mean?” “What should I do?” “I don’t know how to cope”
These thoughts and feelings can get in the way of doing things that would help you to feel better, such as eating well, exercising, and using your medication.
How can we help?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) looks at the ways in which our thoughts, feelings and behaviours affect each other. Our trained and experienced CBT therapists will work with you to explore what changes you could make that would help you to cope better and feel better. Diabetes doesn’t have to be a life-sentence. It is certainly life-changing; and we will support you to make choices and changes that will enable you to live the best life possible.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.