Supporting Someone With IBD: A Guide For Friends and Family

Crohn's and Colitis don't just affect the person living with the condition. They can also have a huge impact on friends and family too. We're here to support you if you know someone living with the condition.

Finding out that someone you care about has Crohn’s or Colitis is a shock. You might be feeling anxious about what comes next and how their life will be affected. Things will change – but the support of friends and family can make a huge difference in helping them live well with their condition. This information sheet discusses the challenges faced by people with Crohn’s and Colitis, and the valuable things you can do to help them. It also looks at ways you can make sure you’re looking after yourself.

What do I need to know?
Key points to remember about Crohn's and Colitis
How can I help them cope when they're unwell?
Is there anything practical I can do?
I'm worried about our relationship changing
Don't they just need to think more positively?
I'm concerned they're not looking after themselves
What can I do to look after myself?
I don't think I'm making a difference
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
How we write our information

Last reviewed: March 2018