Depression help for diabetics

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PEOPLE with diabetes are being offered help and support with depression.

Until Sunday it’s Depression Awareness Week and charity Diabetes UK wants to highlight that people with the condition are suffering from depression.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK regional media manager for the south east, said: ‘Sadly, depression can limit the ability of people with diabetes to self-manage their condition.

‘In turn poor diabetes control can lead to an increased risk of potentially life-changing complications such as blindness, stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and amputation.

‘By giving more people access to emotional support when they need it, to reduce their psychological distress, we can help people get back on track with managing their diabetes well and reduce their risk of complications.

‘This will also save the NHS budget from spend on potentially avoidable complications.’

Diabetes UK is calling on all clinical commissioning groups to make sure they commission appropriate psychological support services to meet the needs of people with diabetes.

If you have diabetes or care for someone who has and is also suffering from depression, then call 0345 123 2399.