In the last few weeks, a big topic of conversation in our clinics has been back to school and college. There is a lot of change and uncertainty as schools in particular try to reopen safely.
Eating during the school or college day is challenging if you have an eating disorder, and it will certainly be more so this year for many. So this month’s article is for parents and is about supporting regular eating in schools.
For those who are returning to college, check out a recent blog article on Eating Disorders and Study. The 5 tips in this month’s article can also be adapted to planning meals and snacks around college life when on campus.
This month’s feature article is entitled ‘Are you wondering if you have a ‘valid’ eating disorder?’ and is a reflection from someone with personal experience of eating disorders about the dilemma of seeking help.
You can find it here (link) in our new Recovery Blog section
Check out Bodywhys support services during COVID 19 here
Our latest new article for July is on Body Image, an issue that can be especially difficult to manage during the summer season. You can find it together with some tips and coping strategies here.
World Eating Disorder Action Day 2020
Today June 2nd is the 4th World Eating Disorder Action day. This is a grassroots movement designed by and for people with eating disorders, their families, and the clinicians who support them. The website is www.worldeatingdisordersday.org and the theme for 2020 is #shareyourstory.
Sharing stories or ‘narratives’ is an important part of the recovery movement and of Narrative Psychiatry in mental health care. From when we are little children, the stories that our parents read to us help us understand the world for the first time and make sense of our feelings. As we grow older, books, film, art and music that tell stories or events about real people or fictional characters that we relate to, can comfort, engage, excite, scare, and inspire us. They can have a powerful impact on our emotions, thoughts and motivations.
Keeping a diary or journal that tells your own story also helps you mentally process our thoughts and feelings in a deeper way and is often part of psychological treatment or complements it.
Sharing a story about an eating disorder has great potential to help others whether you are a person with an eating disorder, a carer, a friend, a clinician or someone else. It can also help others understand what eating disorders are like and help address stigma.
It is important to share your story safely, especially if you are feeling vulnerable. Take time to consider you and your loved ones privacy, the timing, and any powerful emotions that may be triggered in yourself and others.
The Inspiration Zone in this App is designed to provide a safe space for people with eating disorders and their families to share stories anonymously through writing, art, poems and images. No one should feel alone when managing an eating disorder, and this is one way of building connections.
If you have a short story, art, image or poem to contribute, please sent it to us via your HSE clinician or to email@example.com. As the aim is to lend a helping hand to other people in need, our clinicians review all submissions to ensure they are recovery-focused.
Also, check out our Bibliotherapy section- a number of blogs and books written from personal experiences are included in the list (Click here).
The CAREDS service for Cork and Kerry celebrated its first birthday this week -a physical distance photo instead of a party marked the occasion this year because of COVID19.
CAREDS has operated through the pandemic via telehealth and physical distancing measures in clinic. With 47 referrals to date here, our service is growing.
We’ve just published a poster to help people access this App easily!
Your GP may be interested in putting this up in the clinic waiting room so spread the word!
March 5th 2020
Launch of our NCPED Self Care and Information App
Sene Naoupu, Bodywhys board member and Irish Rugby International, helped us launch our App this week at the old Richmond Hospital. Almost 100 people joined us from public, professional and community groups, and they promised to promote the importance of eating disorders and early intervention.
March 2nd - 8th 2020
Eating Disorder Awareness Week
NCPED released 2 new infographics in order to improve awareness and action about eating disorders for #EDAW2020, and to share the new work of Ireland's first community eating disorder teams.
Our App is due to be launched on March 5th 2020. Please spread the word, so it can reach as many people as possible!
AED has Just published ‘9 truths about Weight and Eating Disorders’ – check it out at (LINK)
Bodywhys has just released its PILAR carer support programme schedule for 2020. See link below for information on dates, locations and how to book. We recommend it for all carers!
AEDI (Academy of Eating Disorders Ireland), became a partner organisation with AED (International Academy of Eating Disorders), which aims to strengthen links between Irish clinicians and researchers working in eating disorders with their international counterparts.