There are more than 500,000 people in the UK with Crohn’s or Colitis - If you’re one of them, you could have been living with the condition for a while and know a lot about how it affects you. It might even be so much a part of your life that you don’t talk about it that much. Or, perhaps you’re just at the start of your journey. You might be feeling embarrassed or confused, and not quite sure how to navigate living with, and talking about the impact it can have on daily life.
Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week is the perfect opportunity to come together and talk about what it’s like to live with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Everyone will have a different story to tell. Some people will want to shout about it, others will prefer a more quiet conversation.
No one knows your Crohn’s or Colitis like you do, but it can be hard to talk about it. Our Talking Toolkit is here to help you find the right words to share what you’re going through.
Whoever you want to talk to and whatever you want them to know - you’re in the right place. We’ve got the words to help break the ice.
Just answer five questions to get your own talking toolkit - which will have all the information, talking tips and resources you’ll need to feel confident to start your conversation
Finding the right words: Meet Femi, living with Crohn’s Disease
We know finding the right words isn’t always easy, and sharing how you feel can be daunting. On the other hand, it could lead to the people around you being more aware of how they can support you best. Watch this video as we hear from Femi. Femi was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was a teenager. He discusses how he’s managed to be more open about living with the condition among his friends and how it’s helped them to be more mindful of his situation.
Want to share the message far and wide?
You can download our poster and share it on your social media channels, or maybe via WhatsApp or email - whatever works for you!
You can also print it out to put up on a wall or share in person. If you'd like a copy of our poster sent to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address.
Show your support for Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week
Join us in raising awareness by using our Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week resources.
We have everything you'll need to show your support for Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week. From fundraising posters, to social media graphics and email signatures, we're sure you'll find something that suits.
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).