Eating Disorders Awareness Week

The latest information update for one of my Dates Of Note is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This runs from 11 to 17 February in the UK, or 24 February to 2 March if you are in the USA. I’d imagine that almost everyone has heard the phrase ‘eating disorder’ but unless you have had direct experience of it yourself or have been close to someone who has, I’d be willing to place a fairly large bet that you don’t have much concept of how devastating an illness it can be. And I don’t gamble!

I’ve mentioned before that I work for an NHS Trust which provides mental health services. We run the Vincent Square Clinic, which is a specialist service providing inpatient, daypatient and outpatient care for those with the illness. Although we are in London, the Clinic is well known and attracts referrals from all over the UK. I have worked closely with the service on a number of occasions during my time in the Trust, and this has brought me into contact with quite a few of the patients. From this, I know how important it is to spread the word and get as many people involved as possible. So please take a look at this link:

http://www.b-eat.co.uk/support-us/get-involved/eating-disorders-awareness-week/

As you can see from the website, there are two aims: firstly to raise funds with the ‘Sock It To Eating Disorders’ campaign, and secondly to raise awareness with the ‘Everybody Knows Somebody’ campaign, to get across the message that this is a much more common illness than we might imagine. Beat are highly respected in the field of eating disorders treatment, so why not check out the rest of their site while you’re there?

If you would like to understand more about eating disorders, for good general advice and information I’d suggest, as always, the NHS site, which you can find here:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Eating-disorders/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Should you wish to learn more about the Vincent Square Clinic, please follow this link:

http://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/

and choose ‘Eating Disorders’ from the ‘Services’ box on the menu at the top of the screen.

Thank you for taking some time to care.

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