National Diabetes Week 2021Friday, 11 June 2021
This year, National Diabetes Week will run from 11 – 17 July and the national campaign will focus on challenging diabetes related stigma.
Research conducted by the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD), found that four out of five people living with diabetes have experienced stigma at some point. People living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes both reported feeling this way.
Causes of stigma
There are many reasons someone might feel stigma. The ACBRD report found it was generally because people felt misunderstood, judged, blamed or even made to feel guilty about their diabetes.
Mentally this can be a lot to deal with, and can impact someone’s self-care and physical and emotional health.
It can lead to people not sharing their diagnosis with others, getting the help and support they need, being interested to learn more about their diabetes or doing what they need to do each day to manage their diabetes and stay well.
Do you have a story to share?
If you have a story you’d like to share about a time where you felt you were being treated differently or blamed and shamed about your diabetes, please complete the form below.
Your story may be used on our website or social media. If so, we will be in touch.
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The National Diabetes Week campaign
To help raise awareness of diabetes related stigma we will be working to change the conversation and challenge common beliefs people may hold about diabetes.
Our campaign will include media and social media messages, large billboards across Sydney and Canberra and lighting the Canberra Carillion blue. We’ll also be recognizing diabetes researchers and hosting community events.
Help us spread the word
We’d love your help in raising awareness of the impact of diabetes can have on physical and emotional health of people living with the condition.
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Talk to us
While we appreciate your help in getting the word out to the community, we want you to remember that you are not alone. We are here to help you. If this campaign has raised any issues for you or you just feel like you need some extra support call us on 1300 342 238.