Find diabetes support resources and learn how to access them. The emotional support section of this website includes information about community organizations and groups across the country, together with links to other online support resources.
A diagnosis of diabetes can leave emotions in turmoil. Recognize that you are not alone. There is a world of professional support available to help you get though both the medical and emotional challenges of diabetes. You can also take advantage of a thriving and powerful community of individuals who have walked – or are currently walking – in your shoes.
Make it a goal to become aware of the resources available to you and learn how to access them. You are in the perfect place to start!
Begin by recognizing the support that is ready and waiting through your own diabetes team. For a breakdown of the specific roles of team members and the support they can provide, see our expert blogger’s detailed article Find the right diabetes healthcare team. Support goes far beyond the support of diabetes medical specialists to include the emotional guidance and assistance of social workers, psychologists, and advocates for financial aid for people living with diabetes.
People living with diabetes can also gain information, education and support with diabetes management at local diabetes centres, often operated by the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA). Your diabetes team can provide convenient referrals.
For other community support resources, see the helpful article on this site entitled Tips to get community help for diabetes.
The CDA also runs summer groups and camps for children and teens with type 1 diabetes, and their families.
For online support, tips and shared experiences with other individuals living with diabetes, sign up on the Community Forums section of this website.