Pandemic Support

We are still here to help

Kia Ora

At this challenging and strange time, the team at EDANZ send you our very best wishes and we want to assure you WE ARE OPEN – working from home as we always do. Our support team is here to help you when you email or phone us as usual, so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Remember this lockdown is to ensure physical distancing NOT social isolation. It is so important we stay in touch and maintain connections with others. If you are caring for someone with an eating disorder you may be feeling especially worried at this time. EDANZ are here to provide support, information and a listening ear if you would like to call or email us, or check out our other resources on this site with links to reputable organisations worldwide providing the latest in eating disorder knowledge and treatment. Our contact details are below.


Advice and resources

We’ve provided several links below to resources provided by F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment ). F.E.A.S.T. is the global support and education community of and for parents of those with eating disorders. They are sending out the strong message that families at home are in fact in a position to do much of the work of treatment and to do so with the evidence behind them: families are strong allies of recovery and the home can be a powerful driver of treatment goals.

  • Recovery First: even in a pandemic
  • Supervision : parents can serve the same roles as clinic staff
  • Structure : eating disorder sufferers benefit from structure and predictability and routines
  • Skills : the F.E.A.S.T. community shares a wide variety of tools and strategies for caregivers to choose from
  • Connection : isolation at home means connection with family and also with the world virtually
  • Information is power : parents and caregivers are empowered and supported by good information and making choices that work for one’s individual family
Well informed and knowledgeable parents can provide the best support to their loved ones in recovery. We urge you to spend some time looking through the resources linked below, but do take a good look around the rest of the F.E.A.S.T. website – there are plenty of great pieces of information covering a variety of topics.  

Main Pandemic Support page: 
F.E.A.S.T. community pandemic support resources

Suggested links which may be of particular interest at this time:

And lastly, a practical article about coping with COVID-19-related disappointments.  "Give yourself the same compassion you would give to others":

Again, don't hesitate to get in touch. We're still on deck and here to help. 

Kia Kaha
EDANZ Support Team

Helpline: 0800 2 EDANZ / 0800 2 33269