Today is World Mental Health Day, promoted by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Their stated goal for this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.
COVID-19 has impacted on our world in so many ways. Living through a world-wide pandemic has bought the importance of mental health into sharp relief.
Unfortunately, it has also highlighted that our current mental health system is simply not set up to cope with existing demand, let alone the increased demand that we, along with many other community mental health NGOs, are now seeing.
We are hearing loud and clear the difficulties our community is experiencing and are strongly advocating for greater attention and resources to be allocated to eating disorder treatment. We know there are now large waiting lists due to demand on both public and private providers. And the demand for our services is up more than 50 percent on the same time last year.
Please continue to reach out to us – helping families and carers who are supporting those suffering from eating disorders is our number-one priority. Please also contact us if you have experienced difficulty accessing treatment, so we can provide comprehensive information in our call to Government to provide more eating disorder services which are so critically needed.
Despite these challenging times, remember recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Eating disorders are treatable at any age and any stage.
Very best wishes to you all,
A inspiring letter from a young woman in strong recovery providing insight and hope to those supporting their loved one.
From time to time, we recognise our healthcare provider could benefit from more information about the specialist area of eating disorders. This guide from the International Academy of Eating Disorders provides clinicians with what they need to know to diagnose and treat.
Take a look at this fantastic programme providing skills and information to empower you to support your loved one to recovery.