Diabetes care and education specialists have a complementary role to play in the behavioral health of those with and affected by diabetes. This includes care and education that addresses the impact of emotions on health and well-being outcomes, including activation for diabetes self-management or prevention behaviors.
This area is now recognized as a critical component of any diabetes care plan, because if issues go unrecognized and untreated, care can become undermined and diabetes management impeded. You are perfectly positioned to notice when an individual is experiencing distress and can serve as a connector to mental health professionals.
Take a look at the resources we've compiled. All of these will help to support your role as a connector and position you to provide holistic care to those you serve.