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Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

Belfast Telegraph letters to the Editor

As children head back to school, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland would like to remind parents that the Northern Ireland Parent Peer Support Service is available and can be contacted if you have any worries or concerns.

There remain many unknowns with Type 1 diabetes, but what we do know is when the diagnosis comes, it is usually out of the blue and impacts the whole family.

Type 1 diabetes is prevalent in children and young people and has nothing to do with diet, or lifestyle, but is in fact, an auto-immune condition with no cure.

The Parent Peer Support Service is for parents whose children have been recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, or for those who have been living with the condition for some time.

We have a number of trained parents, who will be that listening ear, offering support. They cannot give medical advice, but they can help support other parents caring for a child with this very serious condition.

If you would like to speak to one of our team, call us on our dedicated phone line - 028 9068 6305 - or email us at: parentpeersupportni@diabetes.org.uk.

JILLIAN PATCHETT

National director, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland

Belfast Telegraph