Beyond Type 1 Launches Mental Health Portal

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Beyond Type 1, the nonprofit group that supports people with diabetes, has launched a new online mental health portal in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, which is recognized in May in the United States.

Beyond Type 1 was founded in 2015 with a focus on education and advocacy for people with type 1 diabetes, but it has branched out into other areas since then — including programs for people with type 2. The group aims to have a global reach, and it offers programs such as help with accessing insulin and educational resources on a variety of subjects. Now, Beyond Type 1 has partnered with BetterHelp, an online platform for accessing a mental health therapist. The new portal provides various mental health resources, including access to two weeks of online professional therapy.

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Multiple resources available in the Beyond Type 1 mental health portal

The new portal contains articles and resources grouped into different sections, which include Diabetes + Mental Health 101, Getting Therapy, Boys’ + Men’s Mental Health, Diabetes + Anxiety, Diabetes Burnout + Diabetes Distress, Eating Disorders + Body Image, Parents + Partners, and Personal Stories. Each of these sections contains articles on a variety of topics — from how to find a therapist to suicide risks to the stigma surrounding mental health care, and much more. Beyond Type 1 says that the portal is “meant to serve as a starting point for those living with diabetes to learn more about resources available to them, share their experiences and seek support regarding their mental health.”

“We must acknowledge how the burden associated with managing a chronic illness impacts our mental wellbeing,” said Mariana Gómez, vice president of emerging markets at Beyond Type 1, in an announcement from the group. “Living with a chronic condition like diabetes is not only taxing on our bodies, but also our minds. We recognize there are no breaks when it comes to managing diabetes, which can be an incredibly daunting burden. We want to provide the diabetes community a space to connect with and hear from others experiencing similar burnout and learn about the tools available to them.”

The new portal includes both older and newly developed resources — some personal accounts and articles have been previously published, while others have been developed specifically with the portal in mind. Beyond Type 1 says that it will expand the resources available on the portal throughout the month, as well as beyond that — while its launch is times to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month, the portal will continue to exist going forward.

“This new portal is just the beginning of our renewed efforts to put mental health at the forefront of our work at Beyond Type 1,” Gómez added. “By partnering with organizations like BetterHelp, we can expand the accessibility of mental health resources and amplify the voices of people managing mental health and living with type 1 and 2 diabetes.”

Want to learn more about managing stress? Read “Stress and Diabetes: Relaxation Techniques,” “Seven Easy Ways to Destress and Feel Better Fast,”  and  “Time to Focus on Emotional Health.”

Quinn Phillips

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A freelance health writer and editor based in Wisconsin, Phillips has a degree from Harvard University. He is a former Editorial Assistant for Diabetes Self-Management and has years of experience covering diabetes and related health conditions. Phillips writes on a variety of topics, but is especially interested in the intersection of health and public policy.

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