We Are Diabetes Mentorship Program
The We Are Diabetes Mentorship Program is a FREE peer mentoring service available to individuals committed to recovering from ED-DMT1 (dual diagnosis of type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder). Our Mentors provide safe, confidential support as they work to encourage and guide their mentees towards their goal of solid and permanent eating disorder recovery.
This Program is available to any persons (aged 14 and older) living with type 1 diabetes who is working towards (or is in early stages of) recovery from an eating disorder. Participants are matched with one of our trained WAD Mentors and will work with their mentor through preferred forms of communication (phone, text, video chat) on a weekly basis.
The WAD Mentorship program reduces the sense of isolation many experience in their day-to-day management of their chronic illness and their eating disorder recovery.
Engaging in peer support allows people living with type 1 diabetes to exchange personal experiences and receive emotional support. We have also found it to be an integral part to a full and lasting recovery from ED-DMT1.
Multiple studies suggest that peer support engagement can be an important factor in better overall diabetes management, self-care and a higher quality of life. Our friends at AADE offer some wonderful insight to the importance of peer support and have a great list of diabetes peer support communities.
Preliminary Requirements for Participation:
You are of age 14 or older.
You are actively working on recovering from ED-DMT1.
You have an endocrinologist or primary care MD that is managing your diabetes care.*
You see or are making an appointment to regularly see a mental health provider (Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist).*
* If you need assistance locating an endocrinologist and/or mental health provider, We Are Diabetes can assist with this prior to program start.