Talking about your chronic illness can be tricky for lots of different reasons. You might feel embarrassed and worried about what other people might say, or you might not even know how to start a conversation about your chronic condition, let alone explain how it affects you.
But, as tricky as it is, talking about your chronic condition and your needs is incredibly important! It means that it’s not just you against the world, but rather you and everyone you talk to trying to make it easier for you. It also makes a huge difference to the emotional heaviness of a chronic condition. This page is full of resources to help you start to have those conversations with friends, families, teachers, and anyone else you want to talk to.
This Young Voices animation explores the challenges children and young people with invisible conditions face, and how they can be supported.
These colour-coded cards can be used in schools for children to discretely tell their teachers what they need to feel supported on any particular day.