Reducing the risk of suicide in people with diabetes

Diabetes UK | 4 January 2022 | Reducing the risk of suicide in people with diabetes

Suicide and diabetes isn’t something that’s generally talked about. But we should be talking about it, says Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK’s Director of Health Intelligence and Professional Liaison. Here he explains why and what to do if you need help or want to help a loved one.

Diabetes can be hard to live with. The daily grind of checking blood glucose levels, carb-counting, insulin adjustment and dealing with hypos and highs can take its toll. It’s relentless and there’s no day off. Unsurprisingly diabetes burnout, when you’ve just had enough, is common. We also know that depression is twice as likely if you have diabetes and that 60 per cent of people with diabetes struggle with their mental wellbeing at some point.

So it isn’t that surprising that people with diabetes have double the risk of suicide or intentional self injury compared with the general population. But that isn’t something that’s widely talked about.

The RESCUE collaborative community are trying to do just that – start talking about suicide and self harm in diabetes – and to make sure that help and support are there if people need it. I’m part of that collaborative, to ensure that the voices of people with diabetes are right at the heart of the conversation (Source: DiabetesUK).

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