October 2020 Newsletter

In this issue...
  • World Mental Health Day
  • "Thank you for saving my life"
  • The AED guide to diagnosis and treatment
  • FEAST 30 Days programme
  • Upcoming support meetings

World Mental Health Day

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,

Nicki Wilson

Nicki Wilson

Thank you for saving my life

"Thank you for saving my life"

A inspiring letter from a young woman in strong recovery providing insight and hope to those supporting their loved one. 


The AED guide to diagnosis and treatment

The AED guide to diagnosis and treatment

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.


FEAST First 30 Days programme

Take a look at this fantastic programme providing skills and information to empower you to support your loved one to recovery.


FEAST First 30 Days programme

EDANZ Support Group Meetings

Upcoming support group meetings

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 info@ed.org.nz and we'll send you the link.

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

2020 Dates:
Monday, 19 October
Monday, 16 November
Monday, 14 December

Please consider donating to EDANZ

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. 

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