Self-care and support

To care for your child you must care for yourself

Diabetes takes a lot of time and energy, so it’s normal to feel frustrated and tired from the constant daily demands of management.

Your emotions may change and recur (perhaps frequently) – guilt, frustration, helplessness, sadness, anger… and elation when all goes according to plan!

It can help to talk to someone who may understand or another parent going through the same thing.

Share your feelings with your partner, a friend or relative, support groups, your doctor and other health professionals such as a social worker or psychologist.

Share diabetes-related tasks with your partner, supportive family members or friends.

Camps and events

Camps are invaluable to help you and your child feel less isolated. In some states there are parent/child weekend camps which provide an introduction to the concept of the camping experience. These supervised diabetes camps will prepare your child for school excursions. Your child may then graduate to other camps throughout their childhood right up to adolescence.

Go to our camps page to learn more about the different types of diabetes camps.

Support for you and your family

Diabetes NSW understands that with knowledge comes confidence and support. Please see below for useful links that may help support you and your family:

Diabetes NSW & ACT
Diabetes Australia – Infoline – 1300 136 588
JDRF – Peer Support Program – 02 9020 6100
ReachOut
Beyondblue
Reality Check
Headspace
Black Dog Institute

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