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November 4, 1999

Social Issues: Community Resources

Question from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA:

I am a 30�year old Type 1 and have been for 19 years. My specific question deals with a project that I am currently working on for nursing school at The University of Utah. I am trying to set up a support group for high school kids with diabetes in a rural county here in Utah with one of the highest DM rates in the state. My focus is more of a "you're not alone" psychological approach rather than a medical treatment group. Do you have any advice or could you recommend any good resources (readings, etc.)?

Answer:

I am so glad you are creating a support group for kids. You may need to rename it, however, to get participation! “Support Group” doesn’t usually draw them in. How about creating a different title? Books about the emotional impact of diabetes are easier to find now — check Amazon.com for a pretty amazing list. Also, focusing on the unique needs of kids vs. adults with diabetes is a worthy endeavor.

CMB
Additional comments from The Editor:

See our reviews of book for kids and books for parents and older kids.

JSH