Diabetes distress and anxiety. Man holding head with words showing thoughts.

Sometimes we need help with our mental health and we have listed some contacts here for anyone struggling with keeping on track in life, whether it's with your diabetes management or any other concern.

Note: the following are generally for persons resident in the UK.

The NHS in England offers some psychological support through Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services.

The services are:

  • talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling, other therapies, and guided self-help.
  • help for common mental health problems, like anxiety and depression.

 You can refer yourself or do this through a GP. Find out more here.

Other places where you can find support and someone to talk to:

Diabetes UK


Helpline: 0345 123 2399
Email: helpline@diabetes.org.uk


Infoline: 0300 123 3393 – an information and signposting service. Open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays).
Email: info@mind.org.uk

Text: 86463


24/7 free helpline
Call: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org

YoungMinds (Young people's mental health charity)

Textline: Text YM to 85258

Opening times:24/7


Call: 0800 11 117


Diabetes burnout. Leaflet available from NHS.

Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When Type 1 Diabetes Is Getting Too Much and You Feel Like Things Are Slipping (Talking Type 1)

by Rose Stewart 

Paperback, 14 pages, published 9 December 2021.


Diabetes Burnout. Book by William Polonsky, published in 2000.

Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore

by William Polonsky (Note, US author)

Paperback 360 pages, published 13 January 2000 by the American Diabetes Association. Available on Amazon.