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Diabetes care in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire

Coping with anxiety and stress

Many people with a long term condition such as diabetes can find from time to time that having their condition and the long-term implications of taking medication causes anxiety and stress.

There are many people to help if you feel like this.  The first person to talk to may be your GP or practice nurse They know you well ; they will listen sympathetically to your worries and, if required, they will be able to point you in the right direction of someone who can help.

If you would rather not talk to your healthcare team, there are other places you can find help.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is an NHS programme that is developing services across England offering interventions for treating people with depression and anxiety disorders, including those suffering as a result of living with a long term condition.

Locally, this service is offered by Talking Therapies:

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Problems such as anxiety, depression, stress and phobias are very common. Talking Therapies is a friendly and approachable service that helps people with these problems.

At Talking Therapies, there is a team of advisors and therapists who can help adults aged 18+ from Berkshire to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better.

Talking Therapies run Diabetes Wellbeing Groups which are specifically for people who have Type 2 Diabetes and low mood or anxiety. The six weekly sessions cover factors around living with diabetes as well as identifying and learning coping strategies to help with anxiety and depression. If you are interested in this course then please speak to your GP or nurse or contact Talking Therapies on 0118 976 9121 and quote 'diabetes'. For more information please see the flyer or visit the Talking Therapies website: .

There is lots more information available on their website. You can contact them directly or ask your GP or healthcare professional to refer you. Telephone - 0118 9769121 or E-mail -

Talking Therapy Leaflet for Reading, Newbury and Wokingham residents.

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Talking Health is a new service for people in Berkshire West that supports people with adjusting to and coping with Type 2 Diabetes. The service teaches people skills to help them lead a fulfilling life and also helps people identify barriers that might be getting in the way of goals relating to their health, as well as their general wellbeing.

The Talking Health leaflet gives more information

For more information contact your GP or nurse or telephone 0118 9769120.

Berkshire Health Promotion Service has produced a leaflet “Coping with Anxiety and Stress” that explains what stress is and how to spot the symptoms.  It gives advice and self-help tips on reducing your levels of anxiety, e.g. by spotting situations that cause particular problems and then modifying the way you approach them.

The leaflet can be read by clicking here Coping with Anxiety and Stress

The leaflet can also be ordered from the website or by calling Berkshire Health Promotion Service on 01753 638678

The website has lots of useful information on all aspects of diabetes, for example: Diabetes and emotions

SHaRON TM (Support Hope and Recovery Online Network)

SHaRON’ Talking Therapies’ is an online network that provides help and support to anyone affected by low mood, depression or anxiety and physical health problems. It aims to improve wellbeing and help you on your own journey to wellness.

SHaRON is supported by people who have used Berkshire Talking Therapies Service in the past and are now in a position to share their experiences, and offer their personal expertise to help you on your road to recovery.

They are joined online by members of the clinical team working for the Berkshire Talking Therapies Service, who are able to play their part in providing further advice and support.

This online network site exists so that you do not have to suffer in silence or feel isolated. “Together we can help each other”

More information is available on the SHaRON’ Talking Therapies’ website.

SHaRON is a special service and not open to members of the general public. Your doctor or nurse will be able to advise you if this is a service that may help you.