Join a support group
Diabetes can be a lonely condition. You might sometimes feel like you are the only one who is confused, frustrated and struggling with this condition. In truth, you are far from alone.
Finding a support group – a group of people who share your condition – can be an extremely positive experience.
Why should I join a support group?
There are some real benefits of joining a support group. A diabetes support group can:
- help you to feel understood
- lead to important friendships and connections
- create a diabetes community, where you are not the only one with the condition
- provide a place for group members to work through issues
- help you manage your stress and lessen your risk of diabetes burnout
- offer group members a chance to learn from each other’s experiences
- provide a forum for sharing of information and resources.
The benefits of diabetes support groups have also been demonstrated by scientific research. According to some studies, members of diabetes support groups have experienced a greater reduction in HbA1c levels, better blood glucose level management and were better able to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours and stick with them.
Who runs support groups?
In most instances, the diabetes support groups in Western Australia are led by individuals living with diabetes rather than diabetes educators or other health professionals.
Support groups are run for and by their members. Members determine what they need and how their needs can best be met.
Diabetes WA support groups are run by volunteers.
Find a support group
Start a support group
Support groups can be small or large, meet face-to-face or on-line, meet occasionally or regularly, but they all have the same objective; to support people living with diabetes.
If you are interested in setting up a support group, Diabetes WA would love to help you. For more information email our community relations team or call us on 1300 001 880.