Wellness, mindset and type 1

Let's face it, type 1 can be tough. Staying well with type 1 isn't just about medical management, it's also about finding the inner strength and motivation to get up and face it every day. Both people with type 1 and their families need some support to stay emotionally well and mentally healthy. Burnout is real, and we can help you through it. 

Connect online

At the Family Centre, we believe you need to find your tribe to thrive. We connect people impacted by type 1 diabetes in Western Australia through two online communities through Facebook. Our communities are positive, helpful, supportive and a great way to crowdsource solutions to your diabetes dilemmas from a group of people with thousands of hours of lived experience of type 1 between them.

  • Our Parents' Community is a closed Facebook community for parents of children with type 1 in Western Australia. It's a place to connect, share knowledge, and seek support. It averages over 350 engagements every day and is a lively, dynamic community where everyone gets it! You can connect with the Parents' Community here.

  • If you're 16+ and living with type 1 diabetes, or the friend, partner or support person of an adult with type 1, connect with our Adults' Community. Being part of our Adults' Community gives you access to information about the Family Centre's social events, resources, workshops and clinical care - and an awesome, local community of type 1 adults to connect with. Join in the conversation here, and share your experiences, learn about new type 1 tips, tricks and hacks, make friends and post your daily wins!

Connect with others at the Family Centre

Whether you're living with type 1 or looking after someone with type 1, it's important to connect with people who share your journey. It normalises the diabetes experience, breaks down the isolation living with a complex medical condition can impose, and gives you the chance to share experiences with others who speak your language.

The Family Centre has a wide range of social events and fun and informative workshops aimed to connect you with others, which can help you reach and maintain a positive state of mind. Check out our Events to find out more, and visit this page again soon - we have lots of new resources in the works to help you stay motivated!

External Resources

 If you are in a crisis or need emergency help:

  • Call your emergency services number (000 Australia)

  • Call or visit Lifeline online


  • The national youth mental health foundation is here to help young people aged 12-25 who are going through a tough time.

Relationships Australia 

  • Provides relationship support services for individuals and families, and supports people to achieve positive and respectful relationships. 

Act Belong Commit 

  • A community-based campaign that encourages people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Take their self-assessment test to understand more about your mental wellbeing by clicking here.

Beyond Blue 

  • An excellent collection of informative resources about mental health, anxiety and depression on its website. You can also connect with others who may share your experience on the Beyond Blue online forums.

Wellness Workshops

The Family Centre and the team at Direction Psychology are excited to bring you free group programs aimed at reducing stress and anxiety and building self-confidence in children and young people. Registrations are open now - email your inquiry today!

In the Zone: mindfulness to reduce stress and overwhelm

In the Zone is a 6-week Mindfulness group program that teaches young people the skills to slow down, be more present in the moment and live a meaningful and mindful life. This 6-week course will take young people (ages 13-17yrs and 18-25yrs) through the importance of practising mindfulness, how to observe their thoughts and emotions without distress or  judgement, how to accept things in their life more readily, and how to use mindfulness both formally and informally to reduce stress, calm anxiety, and avoid overwhelm. Mindfulness is a research-backed tool that has been shown to help people:

  • Boost energy

  • Reduce worries, anxiety, and distress

  • Learn how to relax and regulate emotions

  • Enhance awareness and creativity

  • Improve concentration and increase productivity

  • Develop a sense of empathy and connectedness

  • Enjoy better health and sleep

Wise Minds: CBT  for Mood Management 

Wise Minds is a CBT Mood Management program developed by Direction Psychology. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an evidence-based approach that is effective in treating a range of emotional, behavioural, and mental health issues. This goal-oriented approach focuses on examining and improving the connections between thinking patterns, feelings, and behaviours. This 6-week course will take young people (ages 13-17yrs and 18-25yrs) through the above skills to help them reduce stress, anxiety and depression symptoms. They will come out of the course with specific, practical skills to help them with:

  • Critical thinking,

  • Identifying negative thinking patterns

  • Challenging negative thoughts

  • Using positive thinking alternatives

  • Replacing unhelpful coping skills with the positive skills of mindfulness, strengths exercises, affirmations, gratitude, and goal setting.

Girls with a purpose: improving self-esteem for girls

Girls with a Purpose is a powerful program that provides relevant life skills for girls aged 9-17. We run these important 6-week groups for girls aged 9-12 and 13-17yrs, with our aim to improve the self-esteem for all girls and young women! Confidence, self-worth, depression, and identity issues are major problems for teen and tween girls these days. Topics covered in the groups are:

  • Personal worth and self-esteem

  • Communication

  • Healthy relationships

  • Positive body image

  • Positive self-talk

  • Dealing with risk

  • Finding purpose and value Inner beauty, and more.

Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre

11 Limosa Close, Stirling WA 6021

t + 61 (8) 9446 6446

f + 61 (8) 9463 1446

e hello@typefamilycentre.org.au

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Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre

11 Limosa Court, Stirling WA 6021

Phone. +61 (8) 6446 6446

Fax. +61 (8) 9463 1446

Email. hello@type1familycentre.org.au

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