Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, is backing calls from leading charity Diabetes UK to create new national standards for diabetes emotional and mental health support, and to increase support available locally.
Recently published research from the charity revealed that the relentless nature of diabetes can impact people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, ranging from day-to-day frustration and low mood, to specific psychological and mental health difficulties such as clinical depression and anxiety.
The findings, published in the report “Too often missing: Making emotional and psychological support routine in diabetes care”, show that diabetes is much more than a physical condition. Alex joined Diabetes UK at the launch of its campaign to make the emotional and psychological demands of living with diabetes recognised and provide the right support to everyone who needs it. Diabetes UK is urgently calling on the NHS to create national standards for diabetes emotional and mental health services, ensuring that everyone receives joined up care, are asked how they are feeling as part of every diabetes appointment, and that a mental health professional with knowledge of diabetes is part of every diabetes care team.
The demands of living with diabetes affect people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, but mental health support is often missing from diabetes care. And when diabetes cannot be well managed, the risk of dangerous complications increases.
We need diabetes care that includes emotional and psychological support to help people improve both their physical and mental health, reduce pressure on services, and save the NHS money.