The University of Pretoria Diabetes Research Centre, in collaboration with the Department of Psychology and SA Diabetes Advocacy, is pleased to invite you to a webinar to mark the launch of its Mental Health and Wellbeing in Diabetes Cluster.
When: Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Time: 10am to 1pm SAST
Where: Online via Zoom
What to expect from the webinar
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with diabetes are 2 to 3 times more likely to have depression than people without diabetes. Only 25% to 50% of people with diabetes who have depression get diagnosed and treated. In South Africa, these figures are likely to be much lower. Untreated mental health issues can make diabetes worse, and problems with diabetes can make mental health issues worse.
The webinar will give an opportunity to individuals with diabetes to share their lived experiences, while a professional nurse will talk about the challenges of managing people living with diabetes in the public health system. A South African expert, who is living with Type 1 diabetes, will talk about his work with children, adolescents and adults who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and how diabetes-focused psychotherapy helps them thrive. Lastly, a professor of Health Psychology from the UK will discuss the psychosocial impact of diabetes and the benefits of research and behavioural interventions.
The webinar will outline the vision and objectives of the new research cluster, its focus on collaborative research and intervention development to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living with diabetes in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa through better screening, diagnosis, and care.
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