Half of Glu Users with Type 1 Diabetes Have Seen a Mental Health Provider


There is growing awareness that many with type 1 diabetes need more mental health support than they are receiving. This past year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) launched the first-of-its-kind online directory of mental health providers who have significant experience and training in working with people with diabetes. The ADA has followed this up by offering two upcoming courses to expand the pool of licensed mental health providers with a good understanding of the particular needs of the diabetes community.

Through several daily questions, we’ve asked the Glu community about what kind of mental health services they’ve utilized, as well as what barriers exist to accessing mental health services. GluColleenG compiled the results.

Here is what the Glu community has said:

  1. If you have type 1 diabetes and you’ve sought help for your mental health, you’re definitely not alone.

  1. Unfortunately, many people with type 1 diabetes have to explain what life with type 1 diabetes is like to therapists. Just one in five Glu respondents said they had visited a mental health provider with diabetes knowledge.

  1. While 60 percent of respondents said they have been asked about mental health issues at diabetes appointments, 63 percent of respondents said they had never been referred to mental health provider by a diabetes health care provider.

  1. We also asked Glu users what type of health care provider they utilized:


You can download the complete PDF of the poll results here.

Do you have a story to share about type 1 diabetes and mental health? If so, you can share it in the comment section below or email me your story at cidlebrook@t1dexchange.org.

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