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Here are the resources we found for eating disorders for parents and families:
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Harriet has lead this Fixers project to raise awareness and challenge stereotypes about eating disorders after suffering from anorexia. This video shares the things young people with eating disorders have heard from other people. This video shares the reality of having an eating disorder.
Megan has joined together with Fixers and their team to help other young people spot when someone has an eating disorder. Don’t dance around the issue of anorexia, it’s time to help people suffering with eating disorders. Reach out and remind someone you’re there for them.
Bright Futures: Hope’s Story
Hope Virgo was referred to CAMHS by her schools but didn’t take it seriously and her eating disorder started to get worse. She ended up in hospital before getting the help she needed to battle her eating disorder. Today, she is a mental health advocate, championing a broader understanding of mental health issues and the need for early intervention.
There is No Right or Wrong Way to Suffer from an Eating Disorder
In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores the many different forms that eating disorders can take. There is no right or wrong way to suffer or recover from an eating disorder and eating disorders can affect all kinds of different people in all kinds of different ways.
Beat: The UK’s Eating Disorder Charity
Beat is the UK’s largest eating disorder charity focusing on beating eating disorders. The website offers information about eating disorders, support services and ways to get involved within the charity work of beat. The website also has information for professionals who may be interested in gaining knowledge on eating disorders.
Anorexia and Bulimia Care
Anorexia and Bulimia Care aims to work for the relief of those suffering from eating disorders, encourage and assist others to care for sufferers, to educate and train those caring for sufferers as well as carrying out preventative education, and to promote research into eating disorders.
Anorexia: in conversation with Zoë at The Nightingale Centre
In the latest episode of the 4YP podcast, Richard speaks to Zoë, a Year 11 student who attends The Nightingale Centre. In the podcast, Zoë speaks with great honesty about her experiences as a sufferer with the eating disorder, anorexia.
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ThinkTwice offers a course specifically for the Christian communities who want to be equipped with knowledge about mental health and how best to support those who are struggling. The basic course covers an introduction to theology of mental health, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis.
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(Featured resource)This single page summary from Black Country Minds is an introduction to eating disorders, and includes a simple questionnaire (the SCOFF questionnaire) that can support in identifying if a young person might have an issue. It includes simple, helpful advice and links out to a few additional resources, including video clips, and to organisations who may be able to support.
Talking to your Child about an Eating Disorder
Approaching the topic of eating disorders with your child can be a daunting prospect. Remember that recovery is so much more difficulyt in an atmosphere of secrect and denail but the disorder will not go away by itself. Talking about it is an essential first step.
Understanding Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia is the most well-known eating disorder, with a high profile in the media. Anorexia sufferers believe they are grossly overweight, even if they’re dangerously thing. Anorexia is a treatable disorder and people do revover fully from it but it is important to have all the information you need before starting to talk to your child about it.
Understanding Binge Eating Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder is not a very well known eating disorder but is much more common than you might think. It is also known as compulsive eating and is very simple to bulimia; the key difference being that sufferers of binge eating disorder do not purge after bingeing.
Eating Disorders e-Learning
Figures from the NHS suggest that more than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder and that around one in 250 women and one in 2,000 men will experience anorexia nervosa at some point in their lives. The effects of an eating disorder can be long-lasting and have an impact on both the individual and their families and friends. This course will help you learn more about anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and explains what carers and families can do to help sufferers.