The National Diabetes Service Scheme (NDSS) has released a Diabetes and Emotional Health handbook and toolkit (developed as part of the National Diabetes Services Scheme Mental Health and Diabetes National Development Programme).
The handbook has been designed as an evidence-based, practical resource to enable health professionals to identify, address, and communicate about emotional problems during consultations with adults with diabetes.
The handbook is accessible for free here: www.ndss.com.au/onlineresources-for-health-professionals. Please note you will need to register your details in order to access it.
A number of fact sheets have also been developed for the community. They provide information about the psychological topics covered in the chapters of the handbook, tips about what people with diabetes can do when they experience particular problems and where they can get further support. The fact sheets cover the following topics:
- Adjusting to life with diabetes
- Peer support
- Concerns about starting insulin
- Fear of hypoglycaemia
- Diabetes distress
- Diabetes and anxiety
- Diabetes and depression
- Disordered eating
The fact sheets are available here: https://www.ndss.com.au/diabetes-and-emotional-health.