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The Importance of Peer Support

Online and In-person Support for People Living with Diabetes

Peer Support

Diabetes is a 24/7 disease and that means making important management decisions anytime, anywhere. Working with a diabetes care and education specialist or other healthcare professional is key but so is connecting with others who have the disease.

Peer support communities, both online and in-person, can help fill in the gap of continuing support. These organizations, online forums, Facebook groups and others offer a sense of community and outlet of support for the day-to-day challenges of managing diabetes. 


Request Participation from A Diabetes Care and Education Specialist 

Having a diabetes care and education specialist participate in your peer support community can be a great way to help bring a clinical perspective to an issue, increase awareness of key challenges faced by your participants or simply a strategy to offer new content that supports the health and well-being of your followers. Whether it's a blog post, Twitter chat, video or online discussion, a diabetes care and education specialist can help. 

To request participation from a diabetes care and education specialist: 

1. Fill out the PSC request for DCES. Please include details on your audience, requested activity and any expectations so we can best connect you. 

2. Email the form, along with any questions, to communications@adces.org. Please write in the subject line: Peer Support Community Request. 

3. Allow 7 - 10 business days for ADCES to process your request and find an appropriate diabetes care and education specialist. Please note that before connecting you with a specialist, ADCES will ask the individual to agree to Expectations & Guidelines for Participation in PSCs


Exploring Peer-to-Peer Health Advice

An Underutilized Resource Available to Anyone

This video from Reframe Health and Susannah Fox defines what peer-to-peer health advice is, and all of the ways you can access it to help further your health and wellness goals.


Peer Support Resources

Peer Support Tip Sheet

Download our peer support tip sheet, highlighting all the ways you can engage with diabetes-focused peer support communities.

Downloads

Spanish Language Resources

Peer support resources curated by Beyond Type 1 are available at DiabetesEducator.org/Spanish

 

ADCES is proud to be a founding partner of Beyond Type 2, a new space for those affected by type 2 diabetes. Brought to you by the folks from Beyond Type 1, this site aims "to unite the global community and empower everyone living with type 2 to live beyond it." 

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The Power of Peer Support

Online peer support communities have categorically changed my life for the better!  I found online forums, Facebook groups, and support communities filled with people just like me. I was amazed at how many people replied with reassuring answers and it wasn’t long before I made some diabuddies who I felt safe to call on when I needed help.

       - Rachel, diagnosed with LADA





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