The diagnosis process of type 1 diabetic children, management of the consequent process, parents’ approach and perception of their children’s condition and social support are of utmost importance. Availability of people healthcare personnel as well as other parents who can provide support and share their own experiences can positively influence the mood of parents and increase their level of resilience.
The Diabetic Children’s Parents Solidarity and Guidance (Mentorship) Program aims to facilitate access to correct knowledge, train experienced parents practicing good management as mentors, and closely support other type 1 diabetic patients and their parents. Below are the objectives of this program:
- Creating an environment where type 1 diabetic children and their parents can share their experiences, questions and knowledge alongside experts sharing their scientific data with the help of the website www.arkadasimdiyabet.com;
- Training volunteering parents who can act as mentors;
- Allocating a certain number of parents to mentors (by taking into account specific features such as having diagnosed children of the same age group and residing in close proximity to each other), who will then assist these parents in matters such as management of diabetes and social support (immediately as needed);
- Visiting recently diagnosed type 1 diabetic children and their parents at the hospital and supporting them;
- Organizing activities where parents and children gather together and promoting sharing among them;
- Providing voluntary aid to those families whose may be in need of financial support.