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We’re supporting Eating Disorders Awareness Week

By the Options Wellbeing Team

 

Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) runs until March 6 and we’re supporting the campaign to highlight the struggles and difficulties of those with eating disorders and disordered eating.

This annual campaign is spearheaded by BEAT, the national eating disorder charity.

Educate

It aims to educate us all about these devastating mental illnesses, which can affect 1 in 50 people in the UK.

This year’s theme focuses on ensuring there is correct and adequate training available to health professionals.

Lived experience

There is also a desire to raise awareness of those with lived experience speaking out and offering support to others.

Support and Advice

It’s important to know that with the right help, recovery is possible.

For those adults who need assistance, tools to get them through each day and help to make sense of their relationship with food, we run tastelife courses.

These sessions are also open to those who care for someone with disordered eating or an eating disorder.

Starts April 26

Our next course starts on April 26 and runs for eight weeks. If you’d like book in for these sessions or find out more, please click here.

Men can struggle too

There is a common misconception that the illness is reserved for young women and girls only. But it impacts on all ages and genders.

Men also struggle with their body image, weight and shape too. Many say that they are unable to find others like themselves, going through similar experiences, who they are able to relate to.

Peer Support Network

We’re launching our Peer Support Network in the coming months to help people with both diagnosed and undiagnosed eating disorders/disordered eating and their carers.

It means we’ll be able to offer adults much greater free support online, in face-to-face small groups and on a one-to-one basis out in the community.

Listen & care

Peers will be fully trained and will be there to listen, support and care, as well as share best practice coping strategies. If you would like to register your interest in becoming a Volunteer Peer Supporter, please get in touch.

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Lastly, if you’re not keen to join a course but would like a free, friendly, chat with one of our team, then get in touch via our chatbot on our homepage.

You can also email or call us. All our contact details are here.

 

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, please contact 999 or the Samaritans on 116 123.