National Diabetes Week

National Diabetes Week runs from 11 – 17 July 2021

In 2021, we are continuing our national Heads Up campaign which focuses on the mental health and emotional wellbeing of people living with diabetes.

This year, the spotlight is on diabetes and stigma.

  • 4 in 5 people with diabetes have experienced diabetes stigma.
  • Nearly 50 per cent of people with diabetes have experienced mental health challenges in the last 12 months.

Stigma affects all aspects of life for people with diabetes, including their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

People experience diabetes stigma when they are blamed for having diabetes, while managing diabetes such as injecting insulin in public and when they experience the affects and complications of diabetes such as low blood sugar.

This National Diabetes Week, let’s have a conversation about the real impact diabetes stigma can have on a person’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

You can help raise awareness about the campaign by helping us to spread the word:

  • Share campaign resources on your social media using the hashtags #NDW2021 #headsupdiabetes #enddiabetesstigma
  • If you are in Hobart take a picture of the “blue lights” around the city and share with us on Facebook @DiabetesTasmania or Instagram @diabetestas
  • Join us for the Heads Together forum on Tuesday 13 July from 7pm – 8.30pm. It will be Australia’s biggest online discussion about mental health and diabetes stigma. Follow the link in the below image to register.

  • Share the below videos on your social media
  • Copy, then share and/or print the below social posts/posters

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