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There are more than 463 million people with diabetes around the world (reference). Often, diabetes is thought of as a physical condition; it is the leading cause of amputation, blindness and kidney failure (reference?). What often goes unnoticed is the burden on the mind. Three in five people with diabetes experience emotional or mental health problems as a result of the condition. It costs the NHS an additional £1.5 billion per year (reference) to treat people with diabetes that experience psychological distress. 

With the endless curveballs that life throws, maintaining consistently good management is incredibly challenging. The pressure is particularly prevalent in Type 1 diabetes, which requires constant management, monitoring and medication. Consistent management is vital in mitigating the severe health complications.

Neap recognises the critical importance of mindfulness in caring for diabetes. Through principles of behavioural psychology, Neap’s platform will help users to effectively navigate the highs and lows of life living with diabetes.

The solution lies in an mobile-based platform with three key pillars: 

  • Mindfulness - Reflecting on moment-by-moment thoughts, emotions and physical sensations provides an opportunity to identify trends in self-care, and help users practice superior levels of diabetes management.
  • Community - Neap makes peer-to-peer support just a tap away. Individuals are matched based on their backgrounds. Peer support is a vital tool for mitigating the mental health issues that arise when living with diabetes.
  • Rewards - Whether it's daily journalling or supporting another user, the app rewards users with points that can be redeemed for real products. Neap’s gamification process has shown that  patients’ engagement with their condition increased by 71%.

The value Neap delivers is the ability for people with diabetes to take better care of their mental wellbeing in an easy, innovative and effective manner. Neap will not only benefit people with diabetes, but also care providers, helping to reduce the burden of the condition on care systems and ultimately, improving patient outcomes.