Innovative resources for people living with an eating disorder launched in the Hunter
A Hunter region promotional campaign during May and June aims to increase awareness of the support available for those living with an eating disorder, including their friends, families and carers.
Everymind, in partnership with the InsideOut Institute, has developed a new suite of online resources featuring short videos and podcasts with health professionals, carers and people with lived experience of an eating disorder.
In addition, Everymind has distributed 10,000 promotional postcards to health services across the Hunter New England area for people accessing support.
Funded by nib foundation, the podcasts and videos, aim to generate more awareness of the Navigating Your Way to Health and Navigating Their Way to Health written resources launched by The Hon. Tanya Davies MP, Minister for Mental Health last year, to support the implementation of the NSW Service Plan for People with Eating Disorders, which include practical tips on how to access help throughout the eating disorder treatment process and explore treatment options.
The new videos and podcasts enhance the comprehensive evidence-based written online booklets, ensuring they are easily accessible to those who need them most. They also provide further support to carers by improving their understanding of eating disorders, their ability to communicate safely and effectively with their loved one, and their willingness to apply self-help and self-care strategies.
Everymind Suicide Prevention Program Manager Marc Bryant said the videos and podcasts, will help increase and improve support options for people living with an eating disorder and their carers.
“Around four per cent of Australians are affected by an eating disorder at any one time, with over 300,000 of those people living in NSW.
“These new resources emphasise the importance of seeking help early, and will enable people experiencing an eating disorder, and their loved ones, to make some sense of what they are going through,” said Mr Bryant.
The online promotional resources are also supported by Hunter New England Local Health District’s Eating Disorders Team.
nib foundation Executive Officer Amy Tribe said they were proud to support the development and dissemination of these promotional materials that will have a positive impact on people in the local area.
“We are pleased to support this promotional campaign and making navigating the experience a little easier for those living with an eating disorder and their families.
“These videos, podcasts and postcards are a great addition to the existing online resources and by increasing community awareness around their availability, we can provide people with the support and information they may need during a difficult time,” said Ms Tribe.
InsideOut Institute Director Sarah Maguire also welcomed the promotional campaign.
“The videos and podcasts put a real human face to the eating disorder experience, and importantly the experience of navigating your way, or the way of your loved one, to adequate evidence based treatment. We commend Everymind and nib on developing these resources and making them available to those who need them."