Pain isn’t always visible. Neither is fear or exhaustion.

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Because Crohn’s and Colitis are often invisible, difficult for many to talk about and frequently misunderstood, thousands of people across the UK are facing these devastating, lifelong conditions alone.

We want everyone to talk about and understand Crohn's and Colitis. In schools, homes, cafes and offices, the #ItTakesGuts movement will help people find the right words and tools to start the conversations that really matter.

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Last reviewed May 2022

We will help people living with the conditions find the confidence and support they need to speak up. We will help their families, friends, colleagues and classmates see both the suffering and the strength that was previously hidden in plain sight.

And, together, we will help society understand and tackle this unspoken and growing health crisis.

It takes guts to talk about Crohn’s and Colitis. But by starting conversations in every town across the UK, we can – and will – change lives. No more stigma. No more isolation. Better understanding and more support, up and down the country.

As we work towards tomorrow’s cure, we can improve the quality of so many lives today. Together, we just need to take that first step. Because no one can see it, until we say it.

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From speaking about your symptoms to opening up with work colleagues, we have lots of tips, support and ideas on how to talk about Crohn's and Colitis.


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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 provide information on a range of subjects including:

  • Managing Symptoms
  • Disability benefits
  • Medication
  • Diet
  • Test and diagnosis
  • Wellbeing
  • Employment
  • Help to find support from others living with the condition

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.