Eating disorders require treatment and there are thousands of people in the U.S. who have made it their life’s work to make treatment more effective, make recovery easier and readily available. There are very strong organizations related to the treatment and care of eating disorders that help patients and families not only find a path to recovery, but also resources to stay healthy and keep those who remain in recovery on the right path. This 5 part series will focus on some of the resources available to patients and families that help make a difference in the treatment of eating disorders:
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA campaigns for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. NEDA works with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance. NEDA has several programs that serve the public:
Helpline Services - Information & Referral HELPLINEresponds to many thousands of requests for help by phone, fax and email each year and is staffed by volunteers and professionals looking to assist those seeking answers.
Education and Prevention - NEDAwareness Week is a collective effort of mostly volunteers, including eating disorder professionals, health care providers, students, educators, social workers, and individuals committed to raising awareness of the dangers surrounding eating disorders and the need for early intervention and treatment. This event is national in scale and includes several regional and city-wide events that all work together.
Media and Legislative Advocacy - Toolkits are available for download on the NEDA website in book-form, which have a variety of information on issues surrounding eating disorders which can prove to be highly valuable for parents, educators, coaches, and anyone who can assist someone with an eating disorder.
Family and professional Conferences - NEDA is responsible for a national conference on eating disorders which attracts thousands of people from around the nation who desire to learn, advocate, treat, and assist patients and families. This conference offers CE events, Training, and networking opportunities.
Join us over the next several days to highlight other resources for individuals and families looking for information about eating disorders and recovery.