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I'll say this straight up. We're living in tumultous times right now and it's completely okay to reach out for help if you feel depressed, anxious, scared, worried irrespective of whether you're a person with diabetes or a caregiver. A lot of 'well meaning' yet obviously ignorant friends, family and members of the diabetic community may sometimes give advice like, "be positive" or "don't look at everything negatively" without taking the effort to realise that a person with mental health issues did not choose to have them and cannot simply wish it away by 'positivity'. Seeking help does not make you weak, stupid or broken - it makes you stronger.

It's okay not to be okay and we're here to hear you
Symptoms include : lack of energy, anger, changes in appetite, sleep issues, sadness, disinterest etc

Join us this Sunday evening, 7th June for an Art Workshop by Rohan who will teach us how to paint with beetroot! Register here and challenge your friends and family to join in too!

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ART CLASS | BLUE CIRCLE WORKSHOPS Date : Sunday, 7th June Time : 5PM (IST) Register (link in bio) : https://www.bluecircle.foundation/workshops/K8GarK4n9 🌰Join Rohan's second edition of the #fun online #art #class. Free and open to #kids, adults, anyone. All you need is a #beetroot, paper or book, #pencil, eraser and a paint brush. 🌰Prior registration is mandatory on the link. Once you register you'll receive an email with the link to join the workshop on Sunday. Blue Circle Workshops are free and open to ALL (even non diabetics)😀 Please share so that everyone can join in the fun and learning. . . #artwork #artist #typeonefun #BlueCircleWorkshops #diabetes #onlineclasses #T1D #T2 #type2diabetes #Type1diabetes #India #NGO #community #supportgroup #drawing #painting #InstaArt #ink #color

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Register for our Art Workshop led by Rohan on Sunday

Here's what our month was like at Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation :

Blue Circle Buddy Project

Psychosocial helpline for people with diabetes
Online helpline : https://www.bluecircle.foundation/buddies

We are here to hear! We understand that the lockdown can create and exacerbate distress and common mental health issues like depression and anxiety. The Blue Circle Buddy Project, an initiative of the Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation is the first psychosocial helpline exclusively for people with diabetes and their families in India. We are a volunteer-led, free, multilingual and online helpline run by people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and caregivers who have been trained by the Centre for Mental Health Law & Policy and Chellaram Hospital - Diabetes Care & Multispeciality Pune in providing basic psychosocial and diabetes support. Our volunteers are fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, Tamil and Punjabi. We've recently been appreciated by the IDF - International Diabetes Federation too!

Share the helpline link with anyone you think might benefit or use it yourself.
Visual: The Blue Circle Buddy Project

Blue Circle Workshops

Our workshops are free and open for all, even non diabetics! Join in, have fun and learn new things. Sign up as a member and stay tuned in to our social media to know of upcoming workshops.

Functional Training Workshop

A sweaty and intense session led by coach Kiran who put the 'fun' in functional training.

Emotional Health Workshop

Psychotherapist Pooja spoke about the importance of emotional health, especially in the times of lockdown.

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Key takeaways from our session on Mental and Emotional Health : * Self awareness and understanding our own needs. * Anxiety over the lockdown and stress due to this is something that everyone is facing. * Need to be compassionate towards self and focussing on self care. * Defining healthy boundaries for both personal and professional relations. * Demarcation of separate areas in your house for working, relaxing, sleeping, etc. * 2 simple exercises to calm oneself are : Focussing on your heart beat and breath and keeping your feet grounded to centre yourself * Maintaining a regular schedule for the day * Certain activities like meditation, drawing, painting, listening to soothing music, reading, physical activities like dancing or yoga can help to calm the mind. . Picture courtesy: internet . . #T1 #T2 #DiabeticsDoingThings #DiabetesIndia #DiabetesAwareness #TypeOneDiabetes #T1D #Type1Diabetes #diabetes #T1Dawareness #insulindependent #DiabetesAndMentalHealth #BlueCircleDiabetesFoundation #BlueCircleWorkshops #MentalHealth #EmotionalHealth

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Women's Health Workshop

As part of Project Gaia, our inititave to empower women and girls with diabetes in India, we brought on board Dr Pranita Darade, a gynaecologist to conduct a session on menstrual health for the ladies.

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Key takeaways from our Women's Health Workshop by #gynaecologist Dr Pranita Darade that happened on May 22nd 2020. ♀️ #Menstrual cycle affects #bloodsugar. To know more read the #blog : https://blog.bluecircle.foundation/menstruation-and-diabetes-management/ ♀️ Keeping #sugars in check and maintaining proper personal #hygiene is very important ♀️ #MenstrualCups are a good option for those who wish to try ♀️ The main thing before and during a #pregnancy is tight blood sugar control (#HbA1c) for #diabetic #women. Consult a gynaecologist few months before planning a pregnancy. ♀️ PCOS/PCOD is a very common condition, if you feel symptoms such as hair on the face, #acne, hair loss, #weight gain, mood swings etc consult a gynaecologist for a proper diagnosis ♀️ Balanced diet and exercise help PCOS greatly ♀️ Don't believe any superstitions/stigma about #menstruation ♀️ Wear comfortable cotton clothes ♀️ Diabetes will not hamper growth #hormones if sugars are managed well, especially during #puberty #PCOD #PCOS #MHM #growthhormones #Stigma #WomenHealth #BlueCircleWorkshops #ProjectGaia #Health #Wellness #Workshop #A1c #menstrualcycle #menstrualhygiene

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Foot Care Workshop

Preventive Foot Care Expert Kavitha KV from Chellaram Hospital conducted a wonderful and fully packed workshop with tips on the best ways to take care of your feet with diabetes. We had a lovely, interactive session with a lot of questions.

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Key takeaways from the Blue Circle foot care workshop today conducted by preventive foot care expert Kavitha KV from Chellaram Hospital : 🦶Blood sugar management and keeping levels in control is most important to have healthy feet with diabetes. 🦶Get nerve function, sensation, circulatory and thermometry tests done for feet annually 🦶Avoid heels > 2.5 inches, especially if you have foot complications 🦶Don't take off shoes outside at all, it can lead to thermal or other injuries 🦶Use proper, well fitted shoes and #socks (not too tight) because ill fitted footcare causes maximum issues. Buy 1/2 inch larger sized shoes 🦶Wear #footwear indoors too 🦶Special Doctor footwear is not necessary, Hush Puppies or or Dr Scholl's kinds are okay too 🦶Always give enough time to 'break in' to new shoes to avoid #blisters /shoe bites. Check that shoe is empty and no stones, ants, insects are there inside 🦶Always buy #shoes with a comfortably large #toe box to avoid squishing, avoid shoes with narrow front and toe grip #chappals. Sandals with back strap and velcro are preferable 🦶Use cotton or woollen comfortable socks and ensure the elastic isn't too tight (cut it if too tight) 🦶Pedicures can be done if there's no nerve damage or other issues. Home #pedicure with salt, lemon juice can also be done 🦶Don't cut nails too close to skin, cut straight and file edges 🦶Very vigorous foot massage or usage of electric heating pads or corn caps isn't recommended 🦶If feet are exposed to water/rain, ensure you pat feet dry, including between toes to avoid fungal infections, carry an extra pair of sandals if required 🦶How to handle cuts on feet - keep it clean, disinfect and go to a doctor 🦶Moisturize feet well if dry. Can use Nivea, Vaseline, olive oil etc and wear socks 🦶Use softer insoles if required 🦶Avoid smoking and drinking, that can lead to #microvascular damage 🦶#Amputation is the extreme end and can be prevented if sugars are maintained and regular foot checks are done 🦶Self check your feet everyday 🦶#CharcotFoot is one of the complications which could be caused by neuropathy, it's characterized by redness, swelling, fractures and change in foot shape etc.

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Regional language videos

Together we're going to make sure language is never a barrier in diabetes self management. Check out Neha's video in Marathi.

Ruchika explains the same thing in Punjabi.

...and Rohan in Hindi.

While Shalini speaks in Kannada to make sure our voices are heard loud and clear and in every part of the country.

No one should suffer because they don't understand English. Bharat explains using a glucometer in Sindhi.

Snehal leads the way with basics of diabetes management, how to use a syringe.

The Sugar Diaries

The Sugar Diaries is our online interview series where we talk about diabetes and chat with everyday heroes living with the condition. Episode 6 was our first interview in Marathi. Snehal and Madhura interviewed their T1 friend Neha from Pune who is a classical dance choreographer and teacher.

In episode 7, Madhura and I go from regional to international! Four people with type 1 diabetes from four different continents of the world talk about how Covid has impacted diabetes on a personal and community level for them. Our guests, Lucy and Gavin joined in for the chat from Tanzania and the UK respectively.

7 Day mental health challenge

Thank you all for your very enthusiastic participation with photographs, videos and screenshots of all the challenges.

Fun video

Bored at home? Nothing to do? Watch this fun video featuring our community T1 members, conceptualised by Mahek.


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May blogs

Check out our video review on the Miao Miao 2 :

May campaign : #DiabetesAndMentalHealth

May is Mental Health Awareness month and though there's a lot of information available about mental health in general, we wanted to specifically talk about diabetes and mental health and make a noise, see Chhavi's video for more.

Kulsum talks about the importance of mental health in diabetes.

Sneha talks about her journey and the importance of doing what works for you and most importantly, reaching out for help.

Parinaaz makes some very valid points on living with diabetes and managing the stresses that come along with it.

Lovely video by our community member, Shalet who is T1 and a mental health professional too.

Mayur shares his thoughts and sings a song for us too!

Keep sharing your photos, videos and thoughts with us as always and tell us your experiences on our monthly topics (stay tuned for our June topic!). Upload your content through the Blue Circle Diabetes app. We want to hear from you!

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