Wellbeing support

We know that Crohn's and Colitis can affect almost every part of your body and every aspect of your life: from work to school and from relationships to your mental health.

Last reviewed June 2022

Speak to our helpline

Get in touch, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

You’re not alone. We can support you through the good and the bad times. We’re here to answer your questions or simply listen.


Join our Forum

Our Facebook Forum gives people with Crohn's or Colitis some space to share their experiences, and ask questions.

Many supporters find comfort and support here.


Attend a virtual social event

These events will be a chance to chat, share experiences and potentially learn from others. Living with Crohn's and Colitis can feel isolating at times, let us bring you together.

Events may have a specific topic but the overall discussion will be driven by what those attending wish to talk about.


Hear from others

Our blog is a great place to explore the stories of others living with Crohn's or Colitis. From stress to body image and from speaking out to keeping fit, we hope you find hope and inspiration.


Our information pages

Our mental health and wellbeing information explores the brain-gut axis, common mental health challenges and how you can improve your wellbeing, so you can better understand the link between your condition and how you might be feeling.

Research suggests that people living with Crohn’s or Colitis may be twice as likely to experience mental health problems as the general population, so it's important to look after your mental as well as physical wellbeing.

We also have lots of information about coronavirus to support you through the pandemic.


Get help from other organisations

Samaritans – a leading UK crisis support line, also available in Welsh

MIND – a leading UK mental health charity, also available in Welsh

Breathing Space – for people living in Scotland

Hafal - for people living in Wales

Lifeline – for people living in Northern Ireland

CICRA – for children with Crohn's or Colitis and their families

Every Mind Matters – a wide range of NHS-approved information and resources

Young Minds - a charity for childrens and young people's mental health

SHOUT - a 24/7 text service


Get help from health professionals

For psychological support, your GP or IBD team should be able to arrange this for you. If you are registered with a GP in Wales, you can register for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) online. This is especially important if you’re managing pain or fatigue or if you’re being considered for stoma surgery. The type of therapy that works best for you will depend on the challenges you are facing. All IBD teams are different, but the IBD standards and NICE state the team should include access to a psychologist or counsellor. Don’t be afraid to ask to see these health professionals.

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Helpline service

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).

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