People with long term conditions such as cardio-metabolic disorders (heart disease, diabetes), neuro-degenerative disorders (multiple sclerosis etc.), cancers, muscular-skeletal problems or AIDS are frequently confronted with difficult self-care regimens (poly-pharmacy, lifestyle adjustments), worries about the future, social stigma and discrimination. While resilience research in this area is in its infancy, we have collected questionnaire data on people who are generally healthy, but may suffer from poor emotional health (anxiety and depressive symptoms) and who may have experienced stressful events in early life. Ongoing research projects are investigating resilience in young adults and in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. We are very interested in how social support and peers can be helpful (or unhelpful) to the person living with diabetes.