World IBD Day takes place on 19 May each year and encourages a worldwide conversation that unites all those who are living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, known as inflammatory bowel diseases.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects more than 300,000 people in the UK alone, and, as with many illnesses, can have a serious impact on mental and emotional wellbeing.
People living with this condition often experience social exclusion and stigma, which can have a huge effect on both the individual and their family, leading to depression, isolation, fear, and poor mental health.
IBD is largely a hidden disease, so it’s predicted that many people suffer in silence and remain undiagnosed. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like this. Many sufferers of IBD are now able to minimise the impact of their condition and get the support they need to make lifestyle changes and go about their daily lives.
At talkhealth, we continue to support people living with IBD in a number of ways:
Our talkbowl forum
We have a dedicated talkbowel forum, where members can log in for free and discuss their personal issues and share their experiences and advice for others living with the condition. The forum is ongoing, so users can pop in and start a discussion at any time.
Online Bowel Issues & IBS clinic
We recently hosted an online Bowel Issues & IBS clinic, where our members got the opportunity to ask experts about any issues such as IBD, constipation and diarrhoea. The clinic has now closed but you can still view the questions and answers.
IBD Twitter chat
This month we have teamed up with Janssen, a global pharmaceutical company to host a Twitter Chat between 12pm and 1pm on Friday 17 May 2019 to help raise awareness for those who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
The aim is to encourage a positive conversation surrounding this chronic illness, through sharing top tips and the latest advice, along with inspirational stories and messages from others living with the condition.
It will also be a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of IBD and inform others what it’s like to live with a chronic illness, which, when poorly managed, can be visible, painful and isolating.
For more information, or to be more directly involved in the Tweet Chat, feel free to drop us an email.