In this issue...
I think that every time we get our hopes up about the future of the pandemic there is a new development that sets us back – be it a new strain, increasing case numbers or the ever-growing list of places of interest. It can be very difficult to remain positive when setback after setback seems to come along and it is very hard to look forward to a more settled and happy life.
As those that have been supporting a loved one through an eating disorder will know, this current Covid journey is very like the journey we are all on, in dealing with our challenges. We often face multiple setbacks and finding things to be positive about can be incredibly difficult. At these times it is so important to remember that recovery from an eating disorder is always possible at any age or any stage, and helping our loved ones to see that is an important part of the road to success.
Our EDANZ volunteers have been building on their work last year and remain engaged with MPs at Select Committee level, advocating for greater support and funding in this sector. We do feel there is genuine support, but with government spending very firmly in the spotlight at the moment, progress is very slow. The external advisory group that was established by the Ministry of Health continues to meet and is developing a set of actions that focus on education and information for health professionals. EDANZ would love to see these initiatives rolled out far more quickly, but sometimes any progress is good progress.
I hope everyone managed to take some time out over the summer and feel ready and capable to tackle any challenges that 2022 may throw at us, whatever they may be. We are here to support you with those challenges, so please reach out for a helping hand whenever you feel the need.
All the best for the year ahead
By Laura Muhlheim
From Eating Disorder Therapy LA
This blog addresses two questions: How is fatphobia affecting therapy and patients? When is someone well enough to treat?
Mark your calendars! FEAST of Knowledge 2022 will be taking place virtually on Sunday March 27, 2022 between the hours of 10am-4pm EST.https://www.feast-ed.org/save-the-date-feast-of-knowledge-2022/
EDANZ believes parents/carers have unique abilities to support one another and we hold regular meetings to which you are warmly invited. Currently, we're joining together around the country once a month thanks to Zoom videoconferencing technology.
If you would like to participate in a virtual support group, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you the link.
We alternate monthly between evening and daytime meetings.
Upcoming 2022 Dates:
More information can be found on our website Parent/Carer Support Groups page
Remember: EDANZ helpline is open throughout all Covid 'traffic lights' – please don’t hesitate to contact us email@example.com or leave a message on the phone 0800 2 EDANZ and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are concerned about the safety of someone, please ring 111 or go to the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.
We acknowledge times are financially tight for many, but at this time there is also a corresponding increase in demand for our services. As a volunteer organisation relying totally on donations and grants to provide our services – many of which are currently self-funded – your financial support is more needed now than ever before.
Your donation will enable us to continue our work providing support to families, education to healthcare providers and the community, and advocating for improved access to evidence-based treatment for all affected New Zealanders.