Diabetes awareness campaign launched to support young people living with diabetes
DigiBete and Natalie raised awareness about the profound impact of diabetes on childhood mental health with the Blue Balloon Challenge.
The campaign highlights the daily challenges faced by young individuals and families managing type 1 diabetes, in addition to the crucial need for additional psychological support
The new school packs include various learning resources for primary and secondary school pupils, including a lesson plan and school assembly presentation.
DigiBete is also developing a new eLearning platform to enhance the understanding of what it is like to live with diabetes for teaching staff in collaboration with the National Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network.
Natalie said: “Whilst it does not define me, it does affect everything in my life. You cannot do anything without thinking about your diabetes first. I wish the world knew that type 1 diabetes does not mean you are unhealthy, and that it is not caused by eating too many sweets. It is an autoimmune condition and is incredibly challenging for young people in schools who face so many questions about their diabetes daily, and it’s exhausting.”
As reported in the recently published National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA), diagnosis of all types of diabetes is rising, with a 6% increase in type 1 diagnoses, which makes the campaign vital to supporting the increasing numbers of families facing the challenges of managing the condition.
Maddie Julian, Founder of DigiBete, said: “As we celebrate the launch of the Blue Balloon Challenge School Packs and eLearning platform, DigiBete remains committed to raising awareness about the impact of type 1 diabetes on childhood physical and mental health.
“Looking towards 2024, DigiBete has a clear focus on enhancing care in schools. We are excited to share that we are actively developing a new eLearning platform to support better understanding among school staff, reinforcing our mission to empower and educate communities on managing type 1 diabetes."
Throughout November, €5 has been donated by Medtronic, a global diabetes technology company, to the global charity Life for a Child for every post on Instagram taking part in the challenge and using the hashtag #BlueBalloonChallenge. The challenge aims to highlight that living with diabetes is like doing everything you do in your daily life while keeping a balloon in the air.
Click here for more information about the challenge and resource packs
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