Category: Eating Disorders
Active Minds is the young adult voice in mental health advocacy. By supporting a rapidly growing network of hundreds of student-led chapters at colleges and universities, Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Active Minds is a national nonprofit. Follow us on Twitter./>
The Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN) is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to education, awareness, and early intervention to prevent eating disorders. On the education front, EDIN partners with schools and community organizations in the Greater Atlanta area, collaborating with eating disorder experts to create tailor-made presentations for students in elementary through college, parents, educators and professionals in a variety of fields. EDIN's presentations and resources not only address topics such as early identification and intervention, but the organization also seeks to promote body positivity and often facilitates presentations related to developing a healthy relationship with food and one's body. EDIN has also partnered with Emory's Rollins School of Public Health to develop curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students focusing on the prevention of eating disorders by bolstering protective factors. To promote awareness, EDIN organizes events around the community, including Love Your Body Month, Merrick’s Walk, Scrap Your Scale, and Celebrity Dance Challenge. Finally, EDIN takes steps to promote early intervention by training those who are on the "front lines" such as teachers, coaches and medical professionals to identify the signs and to know how to respond. When individuals do develop distorted body image or disordered eating, EDIN partners with numerous eating disorder organizations to help connect individuals and families to the help that they need. The professionals who partner with EDIN are equipped to help individuals in all walks of life and all areas of Atlanta to fully recover from eating disorders. For more information: www.myedin.org
BridgePoint Center for Eating Disorders is a residential facility that provides program options that include intensive discovery, recovery and healing for people who are experiencing disordered eating. Participants stay in community at our facility for the duration of their program. There are 15 beds available with 24/7 support by a team of professionals, paraprofessionals and peer support. The center is the only residential eating disorder program in Saskatchewan and is a hidden gem in the quaint setting of Milden, Saskatchewan. Programming is free of charge with a valid Saskatchewan health card. Out of province and out of country participants are welcome. For more information, visit www.bridgepointcenter.ca.
The Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) is a not-for-profit, registered charity, community-based organization servicing the Windsor-Essex Region in Southwestern, Ontario. Since 1983, we’ve been committed to the provision of specialized clinical treatment, education and support services for individuals affected directly and indirectly by eating disorders.
As the primary regional source for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, BANA is a leader in the promotion and acceptance of diverse body shapes and sizes through the adoption of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Since its inception, BANA has provided services to thousands of individuals of all ages, genders and social/economic backgrounds with an ongoing case load of approximately 300 clients. In addition, we annually organize and host 250 educational health promotion presentations and programs that reach more than 20,000 children and adults.
Services are provided free of charge, without age restrictions and are supported by the Ministry of Health and the Erie St. Clair LHIN. For more information visit www.bana.ca.
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness ("The Alliance") is a nonprofit* organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, and early intervention for all eating disorders. Founded in October 2000, The Alliance has worked tirelessly to raise awareness, eliminate secrecy and stigma, promote access to care and support for those susceptible to, currently struggling with, and recovered from eating disorders. The Alliance creates a bridge for those needing and seeking help by connecting people with resources and information to assist them in their recovery.
The Alliance offers educational workshops and presentations, free support groups for those struggling and for their loved ones, advocacy for eating disorders and mental health legislation, national toll-free phone help line, and referrals, support and mentoring services. All services offered by The Alliance are free-of-charge, therefore, making it accessible to everyone. Since its inception in October 2000, The Alliance has offered presentations on eating disorders, positive body image, and self-esteem to more than 250,000 individuals throughout Florida and nationwide.
The Missouri Eating Disorders Council, in collaboration with appropriate organizations and stakeholders, in addition to the Departments of Mental Health, Health and Senior Services, Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education, will lead the development of eating disorders education, awareness and research initiatives throughout the state, and promote increased access to treatments supported by clinical practice guidelines (i.e., considering the relevant scientific literature, as well as the potential harms and benefits of treatment for each case).1-3
The Council will focus on children, adolescents, and adults with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), atypical AN, sub threshold BN, sub threshold BED, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). These are the major diagnostic categories included in DSM-5.4 It will include the sub threshold diagnoses (atypical AN, sub threshold BN, sub threshold BED) because patients with these disorders demonstrate levels of distress and/or impairment similar to full-syndrome AN, BN, and BED.5
Eating disorder awareness, detection, prevention, treatment and recovery is of paramount importance and must start early. Early intervention is linked to better treatment outcomes, but requires enhanced awareness and screening.6 The Council will focus on helping professionals to recognize individuals with eating disorders and individuals at high risk for developing an eating disorder (e.g., those with high weight/shape concerns or low levels of compensatory behaviors).7-8 The Council will advocate for increased access to care for this population, as well as promote early intervention and prevention programs and recovery supports.
The absence of adequate coverage for treatment is a critical barrier to access to care for the patient.9 The high costs of medical complications, disability, and loss of life are significant health concerns.10-12 The Council will advocate for third party reimbursement for eating disorders, including coverage through private and public insurance plans.
The Council will work with identified partners, including state departments, to develop an eating disorders awareness program that targets patients with eating disorders as well as non-patient community members. This program will be designed to communicate that eating disorders are serious illnesses that require complete treatment, and to foster recognition of eating disorder symptoms and support for seeking treatment. The objectives of the awareness program are to educate Missouri citizens on the true and serious nature of the disease, dispel myths on who is affected, drive early intervention and encourage appropriate treatment for those suffering or those at risk.
NIED was launched in 2012 in Canada. We have become the voice for Canadian families, caregivers and individuals who are suffering
with Eating Disorders and other comorbid and concurrent diagnoses.
NIED strives to create Awareness, Understanding and Action through, among other initiatives, free educational symposia presented by expert
and experienced clinicians, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists,
nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians, nutritionists and alternative therapists.
NIED is the catalyst uniting stakeholders across the country to collaborate and work together to address the gaps in current services, delays in treatment, lack of pan-Canadian data, and insufficient training for clinicians and healthcare professionals. All of which have impeded resources, research, funding and available treatment options in Canada.
NIED has brought Eating Disorders to the attention of governments at both the provincial and federal levels. NIED strives to ensure that Eating Disorders are acknowledged and included in mental health discussions, policies, mental health organizations, programs, decisions and campaigns.
The Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) is a registered charity based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that believes no one should face an eating disorder alone. EDSNA offers professionally-facilitated support groups in Edmonton, Calgary and online via video conference. We provide support for people who are directly impacted by eating disorders as well as those who are indirectly impacted such as parents, partners and loved ones. Services are offered at a nominal fee, thanks in large part to funding received from Alberta Health and private donations.
EDSNA also works to raise awareness in the community about this complex illness by hosting Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb 1-7), offering presentations, and information booths. EDSNA's website offers evidence-based resources, hope and guidance to healthcare professionals, family members, educators, fitness instructors and, of course, people with eating disorders.
For more information, visit: www.EDSNA.ca
Freedom from Eating Disorders offers faith-based resources to support
eating disorder recovery, including a recovery course, e-books, recovery
stories, helpful articles, and more. The creator, Laurie Glass, has been
walking with those who have eating disorders since she recovered from
anorexia in 2003. She likes to encourage people to visit the site often
and find what speaks to them for the day.
The Missouri Eating Disorders Association’s mission is to bring hope, compassion and understanding to the fight against eating disorders. We are committed to providing education, resources and advocacy that will change the conversation around eating disorders. We strive to bring understanding and support to those treating or affected by this terrible and serious disease.