Lupus in Young People

My Lupus (What I Need to Know) - A Young Person's Guide

LUPUS UK, jointly with the UK Juvenile Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Study Group, have produced the booklet My Lupus - What I Need to Know - A Young Person's Guide. You can download a copy here, or alternatively contact and we will be happy to post a copy free of charge.


“I had swelled up with water in my legs, my stomach, my back and my face. In addition to this, I was put on steroids, amongst other medication, which caused me to get acne. As a sixteen year old starting a new place where I only knew about ten people, it was a nightmare situation. It took me a long time to feel confident enough to make friends.”

Support group meetings

Please note that unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, these meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Read more HERE.

“I started having various symptoms of lupus (SLE) from the age of around 15. Severe chest pains, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, rashes, joint pains and headaches. I started out going to my GP who monitored me for a while and said I was just 'growing up'.”

Versus Arthritis Young People Events

Versus Arthritis offers a range of support services for young people and their families which include residential weekends, workshops and family events.

To view Versus Arthritis' 2020 calendar of events:

To learn about arthritis in young people:

Information for Schools and Colleges

If you have been diagnosed with lupus it is important to tell your school or college about your condition.

It is possible for them to make accommodations if you need them such as; Providing extra time in exams or to get between classes, providing a quiet place for resting if necessary and providing alternative options to external sports activities. Without them knowing, it’s hard for them to help you.

With the help of the JSLE Cohort Study Group we have prepared an information sheet for teachers which outlines the ways that lupus can affect pupils and some of the ways they can help.


Secure Forum for Young People with Lupus

LUPUS UK now has a secure forum for young people with lupus (16-26). If you'd like to chat with other understanding young people about your life with lupus, or anything else, then you can request to join. For the safety of all members you will be required to undertake an identity check. For more information about joining, please email

UK JSLE Cohort Study Group

The UK JSLE Cohort Study and Repository aims to find out more about what causes lupus and how it affects children and young people, in order to try and develop better treatments.

The Cohort Study recruits patients aged up to and including 16 years of age from more than 20 hospitals all over the UK. It started recruiting patients in 2006 and over 550 young people with lupus from across the UK have taken part so far.

They have undertaken a wide range of research looking at the immune system, genetics and treatments in lupus. They publish their research in various medical journals and discuss their results with other researchers around the world to help generate new ideas on how to help look after patients with lupus.

You can find out more about the study on their website:

You can read our recent newsletters and updates here:
UK JSLE Cohort Study newsletter April 2016
Summary of UK JSLE Cohort Study Group Away Day Jan 2016
Short Report from 'Lupus and You' event in March 2016
Short Report from 'Lupus and You' event in September 2016

If you are not already part of the study and would like to find out more about taking part, please ask your local rheumatology team. For additional information please contact


UCLH Centre of Adolescent Rheumatology

UCLH have just launched a brand new website for their Centre of Adolescent Rheumatology.

The website features loads of videos of interviews with lupus and arthritis patients, talking about their experiences. It also includes a wide variety of other information including how to get involved in research studies.

You can take a look at it by clicking on the button below.

Here's an informative NHS video about lupus in young people, for those who might find it useful.
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