Living Better patient information leaflets: improving the mental health and wellbeing of people with long term conditions

Our Living Better patient information leaflets offer advice for patients with long-term conditions on coping with low mood, depression and anxiety.

Living Better patient information leaflets

Research indicates that around one in three patients with diabetes and one in five with coronary heart disease experience depression. And people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are twice as likely to develop anxiety and depression compared with the general population.

There is evidence that providing treatment and support for depression and other emotional health problems can bring a range of physical and psychological benefits for this patient group. Our Living Better leaflets are aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing.

Diabetes and mood - patient leaflet [PDF] 

Heart disease and mood - patient leaflet [PDF] 

About the Living Better project

These leaflets were developed as part of the Living Better initiative, which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people with diabetes, chronic heart disease (CHD) and COPD.

Living Better is led by RCGP Scotland, working with a range of partners. The project is funded by the Scottish Government.

Living Better partners

Sign up for Living Better updates

Contact ebailey@rcgp-scotland.org.uk to sign up for the Living Better e-bulletin.

Useful links

Living Better: summary of research findings [PDF]

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