So’ME T1ME: Social Media and Psychological Wellbeing in Young People with Type 1 Diabetes

Name of Study


So’ME T1ME: Social Media and Psychological Wellbeing in Young People with Type 1 Diabetes.


Purpose of Study

TThe aim of the project is to get a better understanding of young people with type 1 diabetes’ (T1D) experiences of social media and to explore the helpful and less helpful aspects of this online world. Ultimately, we want to gather information to support the safety of young people with T1D online and to build resilience to deal with hurtful or unpleasant social media content. This topic has never been more important, considering the upsurge in social media use due to COVID-19.


We are working with a Youth Advisory Team of young people living with T1D who are acting as co-researchers with us. Together, we plan to host a series of online focus groups with young people with T1D (aged 13-20) to explore the topic of social media and wellbeing. Every young person who participates will get a £15 Amazon voucher. We also hope to conduct focus groups with diabetes healthcare professionals .We plan to use creative and engaging activities to facilitate discussion of this complex and sensitive topic.



Type of Study (observational/exploratory etc.)

Qualitative – focus groups


Are you recruiting participants for this trial?




Geographical location of study 


Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Denmark


Who can take part?

Young people living with type 1 diabetes (13-20 years) and diabetes healthcare professionals


What will the participants be asked to do?


Participants will be asked to take part in an online focus group. This will last approximately one hour. The topic of the focus group will be around social media use and wellbeing. There will be a £15 Amazon voucher for every young person who takes part.



Recruitment Start Date




Recruitment Finish Date




Study Duration

3 Months



This study is funded by:

Emerging Minds UK


For further information contact:


Dr Emma Berry







[email protected]

Dr Eimear Morrissey – [email protected]
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