Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week

Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week is 1-7 December 2022. This Awareness Week we’re asking you to add your voice to our early diagnosis campaign.  


Your story matters

It’s taking too long for people with Crohn’s and Colitis to get diagnosed. 

Many people aren’t aware that symptoms such as diarrhoea, blood in poo and stomach pain could be signs of a serious, lifelong condition. They may put off a visit to the GP because of fear or embarrassment – turning instead to advice online.  

Our campaign, Cut the Crap: Check for Crohn’s and Colitis seeks to change that. We want to reach people who may be struggling with symptoms with information that is vital for their health. And we need your help. 

This Awareness Week we’re asking you to speak up about your experiences of diagnosis. Your story could inspire someone to get checked and start a conversation that changes their life. 

Share your story with us

Shine a light on symptoms and show people that they’re not alone.  

What’s happening this Awareness Week

Each day, we'll be sharing ways to make your voice heard, and stories of people affected by Crohn's and Colitis. Follow our social media accounts #CrohnsAndColitisAwarenessWeek to stay up to date with what’s happening across the week!  

Get involved

Here are just some of the ways you can support Awareness Week – let us know your ideas: 

Thank you for your support. #ItTakesGuts to talk about Crohn’s and Colitis. By sharing your experiences, you can help us change things for the better. 

Join a virtual social event

On 2 and 6 December, we’re running two of our popular Virtual Social Events where you can connect with other people who understand what you’re going through.

Make a difference

You don't have to share your experience publicly to make a difference. Take a look at these suggestions of how to open up and get support in a way that suits you.



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Helpline service


We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

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If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.

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