Less than 5%
of people with IBD have access to a mental health clinician*
is the peak age of IBD onset
At least 5,000
Australian children are living with IBD
For a lot of people facing a life with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, the support they need is often few and far between, which can lead to crippling isolation and more severe disease.
*Less than 5% of people with IBD have access to a mental health clinician at their IBD service even though a psychological condition is the most frequently occurring comorbidity.
Many people will hide what they are going through because they’re afraid of the responses they will receive like hurtful advice, disbelief, or a simple lack of empathy.
That’s why opportunities to come together with like-minded people with similar experiences of IBD are vital. While CCA continues to increase awareness of Crohn’s and colitis in the broader community. Youth Empowerment Programs (YEP!), Kid’s Fun Day, Camp Fearless and Young Adult Support (YAS) are important and highly valued by people with IBD in their lives.
“CCA has allowed me to channel my passion for decreasing IBD and stoma-related stigma into helping develop their new Young Adult Support program and I hope this will help those newly diagnosed to feel part of a community, and connect people with a support network of doctors, allied health professionals and new friends who understand them.”