Type 1 diabetes affects a person both physically and emotionally, and at times is overwhelming. Whether you have Type 1, or are a caregiver for someone with Type 1, you should know first that you are not alone. At diagnosis and beyond, physical health is usually the main focus. However, mental health is just as important.
If you have Type 1 diabetes or are caring for someone who does, it is possible that you or your loved one may experience any of the following:
- diabetes distress
- carer’s fatigue
In short, being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, is scary for the individual and their family. A diagnosis is life changing. You will experience stages of grief, sorrow, guilt and anger. This is all ok. Allow yourself to go through this process. We are with you.
At diagnosis and beyond, physical health is often the main focus. However, mental health is just as important. Your diabetes team can help guide you through this. It is ok, to not feel ok. You are not alone in this. It is important to reach out for help. You can do this through health professionals, family or friends, and us here at T1F.
In Geelong, we have a range of support services that can help you. T1F are lucky to be supported by local services who care for you. Geelong first nurse-led clinic, Pritchard Health, recognise that your brain and body don’t work separate from each other. To see their Nurse Practitioner or one of their Mental Health Nurses, no referral is required. Seeking support from your local GP is also a good place to start. They can provide you with a Mental Health Care Plan, Chronic Disease Management Plan and an Indigenous Closing the Gap Plan if applicable. This can provide you with fully or partially funded appointments under Medicare to see a Psychologist, Mental Health Nurse or other health professional. T1F are lucky to be supported by local services who care for you.
Please see our 'Mental Health Services' section for more information about how and where to get help and support.