Most people find helping their loved one on their recovery journey challenging. Many people say it is the hardest thing they have ever done.
Becoming informed about eating disorders and connecting with others who understand what you are going through can help you do the job.
Below is a step-by-step process to follow if you suspect your child or someone you care for has an eating disorder.
This is the essential first step. Be honest with the GP about what has led you to suspect the person you are caring for is suffering from an eating disorder and be prepared to answer questions. The GP will assess the person and may refer them to an eating disorder service. Find out more about eating disorder services in NZ.
If you are not happy with the response from your GP, do not hesitate to seek a second opinion.
If your child has visited the school nurse, you can also ask them if they suspect signs of an eating disorder. Support for your child in the school environment is vital to helping them recover.
Call our helpline 0800 2 EDANZ / 0800 2 33269 or contact us.
We are volunteers who have lived experience of supporting someone who has had an eating disorder. We can share information, provide support and hope.
Do as much reading and research as possible. Our website contains a wealth of information about the different types of eating disorders and resources that may be useful to you and others who are providing support. Start with finding out about eating disorders and then check out resources we have that may help you.
Find out more about treatment and recovery.