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Here are the resources we found for eating disorders for professionals:
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Anorexia – Kirsty’s story – When I Worry about Things
(Featured resource)Suitable for teaching 8 to 13s, this powerful animated film is based on the first-person testimony of a young girl who developed anorexia as a response to social anxiety.
WARNING: Contains some scenes which some viewers may find upsetting.
4 Things not to Say to a Recovering Anorexic
In this video, Dr Pooky Knightsmith explores four things to avoid saying to someone who is recovering from anorexia or any other eating disorder, she explains why you should avoid saying these things and explores more helpful approaches.
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.
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.
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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.
Worried About a Pupil?
Whether you’re worried about a pupil or just want to update your knowledge on eating disorders, Beat is here with some help and advice. The webpage focusses on the effects of bullying, signs to be aware of, how to support pupils with eating disorders, and what to do if you’re concerned about a pupil at your school.
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by restrictive eating and intense fear of gaining weight. While anorexia is often recognised physically through weight loss, it is a serious mental health problem. Someone with anorexia often has an intense fear of gaining weight and for many people they judge themselves and their worth based on their weight.
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Eating Disorders Training
Learn the basics of eating disorders and learn all the tools you need to prevent it becoming a problem in the children in your care. This course lasts a full day and is perfect for teachers, schools staff and health and social care workers. By the end of the course you’ll be able to: understand the different types of eating disorders, know the risk and causal factors, be able to identify children and young people who are particularly vulnerable and, learn strategies to increase resilience.
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.
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.
Young People ‘Fixing’ Eating Disorders: A Cultural Shift is Required
The Feel Happy [Eating] Fix was an opportunity for young people with experience of eating disorders to tell their stories, explain their viewpoints and share the issues they are facing or have faced including the barriers to treatment and support. They shared these experiences with each other and with an audience of policymakers and practitioners. The result of this conference was this report that outlines the findings and recommendations of six focus groups investigating the impacts of eating disorders on young people through the media, home, school, work, health and socialising.
Burdett Training Portal for Eating Disorders
The Burdett Training Portal was developed by NHS Lothian in partnership with Beat and was funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. This training platform aims to increase knowledge and understand of eating disorders especially within young people. The training portal offers a variety of different courses on different aspects of eating disorders such as transitioning and recovering from an eating disorder, or identifying vulnerable people who may develop and eating disorder.