Mental Health

It is normal to feel upset about having diabetes and everything you have to do to stay healthy. It is normal to ask yourself, “Why me?” or “Why can’t I just forget about this?”. Everyone with diabetes has felt this way at some point!
Turn to each other for support and advice.
Remember that everyone has something they have to do in life to stay healthy. Sometimes, people with diabetes may have to do more than average, but if everyone helps each other and stays positive, you can stay healthy and happy!
If you make sure to take care of your mental health with things like exercise, meditation, spending time with family or friends, enjoying a hobby that you have, sleeping and eating well, and staying positive,  you will have a much better attitude.
If you find yourself feeling depressed or anxious, even if you have tried all of these methods to stay happy and healthy, talk to a trusted friend, parent, family member, or doctor.
It is ok to not feel ok. But, there are ways to help yourself.
Signs of Mental Health
There are many ways to tell that your or your friends or family is experiencing poor mental health, and there are ways to help.  Signs of Poor Mental Health Not seeming like self Not being social
Strategies for Improving Mental Health
You have to take time for yourself. Do not get too stressed. Remember to include self care into your daily life always. Find something that makes you happy, and make that part of your everyday
Diabetes Burnout
Diabetes burnout is hard to realize that you are going through, but it happens to almost everyone. Burnout happens when someone with diabetes who normally takes care of themself or stays healthy gets tired of
Inspirational Quotes
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu (This is our program assistant Mayank's favorite quote!) "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to
Famous People with T1D
You are not alone. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, don’t lose heart. Take a look at some famous diabetics who went on to influence the world in their chosen fields. Indians Swami Vivekananda. Sports


Information and images from are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE.  You can access the book here:

The Penpals United website does not contain medical advice.  Any contents of this website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material, are intended for informational and educational purposes only and not for the purpose of rendering medical advice.  Such contents are not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.