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.

This page will help you get the support you need.


Speak to our helpline | Join our Forum | Attend a virtual event | Hear from others | Our information pages | Get help from other organisations Get help from health professionals


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 about how you’re feeling.


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 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.


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


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.