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Emotional support available for young people living with diabetes

  • Sometimes it is helpful to talk to other people who understand what it is like to live with diabetes or be a parent of a child with type 1 diabetes.  Group support often makes people feel less isolated and alone.

    Diabetes Victoria Camps 

    Diabetes Victoria run camps throughout the year for young people of all ages. 

    Diabetes Victoria Camps 

    Online support for young people 


    eHeadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends.

    MindShift (App)

    Free app designed to help adolescences and young adults cope with anxiety and shift their thinking. Offers a range of strategies to manage excessive worries, stress, anxiety and panic. Also offers mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

    SmilingMind (App)

    Free app that offers mindfulness and meditation exercises for young people 7 years and older. Australian designed app to help de-stress and stay calm, a range of different programs for different age groups.

    Headspace (App)

    Free app that offers meditation exercises to help people de-stress and switch off from current stressors and anxieties. There is also a Headspace for Kids app, that is more appropriate for young people under 12 years of age.


    Livewire is an online community connecting teens living with illness/disability and their siblings. 

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

    JDRF has developed a support program that  provides practical advice and help for people who have been affected by a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes

    Diabetes Victoria

    Diabetes Victoria has  information for people affected by type 1 diabetes.

    Chronic illness peer support program at The Royal Children’s Hospital (ChIPS)

    This program is run for young people age from 12-25. The focus is to connect with other young people who get what it’s like to live with a chronic illness.

    Please see the website for further information and if you would like to be part of this program please talk to the diabetes allied health team.

    Other useful websites

    Diabetes Kids and Teens   -  learn and play games and additional child and teenage friendly ways of discussing type 1.