About the campaign

Pain isn’t always visible. Neither is fear or exhaustion.

Because Crohn’s and Colitis are often invisible, difficult for many to talk about and frequently misunderstood, thousands of people across the UK are facing these devastating, lifelong conditions alone.

We want everyone to talk about and understand Crohn's and Colitis. In schools, homes, cafes and offices, the #ItTakesGuts movement will help people find the right words and tools to start the conversations that really matter.

We will help people living with the condition find the confidence and support they need to speak up. We will help their families, friends, colleagues and classmates see both the suffering and the strength that was previously hidden in plain sight.

And, together, we will help society understand and tackle this unspoken and growing health crisis.

It takes guts to talk about Crohn’s and Colitis. But by starting conversations in every town across the UK, we can – and will – change lives. No more stigma. No more isolation. Better understanding and more support, up and down the country.

As we work towards tomorrow’s cure, we can improve the quality of so many lives today. Together, we just need to take that first step. Because no one can see it, until we say it.

About Crohn's & Colitis UK

We’re the UK’s leading charity for Crohn’s and Colitis.

Right now, over 300,000 people in the UK are living with a lifelong disease that many people have never heard of. And the real number could be almost double that.

Because of the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding these diseases, thousands are suffering in silence. But they're not alone. We're here for them.

We're Crohn’s & Colitis UK and we’re here for everyone affected by Crohn’s and Colitis.

We’re here to give them hope, comfort and confidence. To make sure their voices are heard and help them live freer, fuller lives. For whatever they need, whenever they need it, we’re here.

And we’re not going anywhere until we’ve beaten Crohn’s and Colitis for good.

Join us today.