Providing support and promoting respect for everyone with a visible difference

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Resources to support patients with a visible difference or disfigurement

A list of resources for people with a visible difference, which health and social care professionals can use to support their patients.

Some people with a visible difference or disfigurement have concerns about their appearance or how others treat them because of how they look. There are a number of ways you can support them as a health or social care professional, including referring them to our wellbeing services or Skin Camouflage Service.

They may also find our self-help resources useful. These have been written to help people with a visible difference manage the extra challenges they may face because of their appearance.

This page outlines the range of resources we offer, covering topics such as staring and anxiety as well as offering tools to improve self-confidence and dealing with other people’s reactions.

Explaining the services we provide

We have several downloadable leaflets that you can print or share with your patients.

Advice and guidance for your patients

Our advice and guidance section is for adults and young people living with a visible difference or disfigurement, as well as for parents of children who look different.

COVID-19 advice & support

We share advice and information to help people with a visible difference access support and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Confidence & self-esteem

Learn more about the relationship between appearance and self-esteem, and try our tools and techniques to help build your confidence.

Mental health & wellbeing

Looking after your mental health is vital if you live with a visible difference. Try our guidance, techniques and resources to help improve your wellbeing.

Coping with people's reactions

Advice, guidance and tools to help you manage people’s reactions to the way you look, from staring, comments and questions to hate crime and harassment.

Relationships & social life

Relationships can be challenging if you have a visible difference. Read advice on conversations, dating, sex and physical intimacy, and other aspects of social life.

For children, parents & families

Guidance and resources to help you if you're growing up with a visible difference or if you're the parent of a child who looks different.

Condition-specific information

Here, you can find out about specific conditions which can affect the appearance and learn what support is available to help you manage the impacts.