CICRA launches emotional wellbeing kit

We’re proud to launch our emotional wellbeing kit.

With sections for parents and carers, young people with IBD, and their brothers and sisters, our emotional wellbeing kit has a whole range of sources to help with dealing with diagnosis, family interactions, school, talking about it and taking control. 

Our kit has helpful links to additional resources, from CICRA and from other respected organisations. The kit has been prepared with input from expert clinical paediatric psychologists.

When a child is diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it can open the door to new worries and concerns. While some cope fine with their IBD, other young people can sometimes struggle. There can be pressure from managing the illness, medications and hospital appointments while coping with school, keeping up with hobbies and maintaining friendships. The nature of IBD symptoms can make it difficult for children and young people to open up about their illness. It can affect the whole family. Parents and carers can feel as though they are being pulled in all directions.

But you are not alone.

There are things you can do to look after your and your family’s emotional wellbeing.

Remember: Asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it shows you are strong enough to take control.

IBD can affect family relationships, so as well as a pack for young people diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn's and colitis, we have also prepared emotional wellbeing kits to support their siblings, and parents and carers.

You can download the sections you want, or you can download the full pack.

CICRA’s emotional wellbeing kit will give you the knowledge and tools you need. It will also help you recognise when you might need a little more support.

Of course, not all of the issues families face will be related to IBD. As you work through the kit, we will help you to understand when the condition is impacting things.

Through practical activities and by sharing the personal stories of others in your position, our kit will help you look after your and your family’s emotional wellbeing.

Because we believe childhood should not be limited by IBD.

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