New NHS document outlines foundations for peer support

The self-management of diabetes can be tiring and tough on mental health but a key benefit of peer support is access to help from peers who also deal with such issues day in, day out.

Six Principles of Good Peer Support for People Living with Type 1 Diabetes, a new NHS document produced in association with JDRF and Diabetes UK, aims to provide a solid foundation of what peer support should look like.

Produced specifically for anyone looking to run or commission a peer support group for those with Type 1 diabetes, the authors claim that the document “outlines our general support for Peer Support as a part of our commitment to making personalised care business as usual within the NHS… The aim of improved access to peer support is to provide invaluable additional information, and resource, and for people with diabetes to benefit from emotional and practical support and the ability to problem solve and self-manage. Peer support can provide a space where individuals can express the highs and lows of living with diabetes – whilst feeling supported and we hope this piece of work will lead to flourishing of such principles to help many, if not all, living with Type 1 Diabetes.”

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