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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017

Today marks the start of Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017.
Eating disorders are serious psychological illnesses with the highest mortality rate out of all the mental illnesses. Eating disorders are not diets. Eating disorders are not fads. Eating disorders are not actually about food and weight like they manifest themselves. Rather, they are actually a means of coping, a very destructive means of coping with some form of emotional distress. They are the person's attempt to deal with their difficulties.

World Mental Health Day 2016

It is World Mental Health Day.
If you see someone struggling in their lives please reach out to them. Simply asking someone if they are ok or letting someone know that you are there for them can make a big difference. The simple words ' are you ok' and 'I am here for you' can mean so much to someone who is potentially feeling very overwhelmed and alone. Don't be afraid to ask someone if they are ok.

If you are struggling with difficult emotions, thoughts and feelings, please remember that that is ok. It is what you do with it that matters.

Project Open Until 31st October 2016 Call for Participants - Supporting Eating Disorder Recovery in Young People

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are conducting research which aims to investigate social identity and eating disorder recovery amongst young people aged 16-25 who have experience of using online support groups for living with an eating disorder.

If you are aged 16-25, live in the UK or Ireland, and have experience of using online support groups for living with an eating disorder, researchers would like to hear from you.

EDA'S personal Blogger Miss Naomi Lloyd goes live

To coincide with World Mental Health Day 2016, EDA are so very priviledged to introduce our very own personal blogger - Miss Naomi Lloyd.

Naomi is an amazing and inspirational young girl who has overcame the tortourous grips of anorexia nervosa. Now in recovery, Naomi, through her insightful and courageous writing, is trying to instill hope in those who are still trying to overcome their battles.

Naomi's writing undeniably provides an immediate insight into the very often misunderstood world of anorexia nervosa. Click on the link below to access Naomi's blog.

Our New Logo is Here

We have been working hard over the past few months trying to finalise our new logo and we are delighted to now launch our finished product!!!

We wanted something that would be fitting to represent us, our aims, our objectives and the work that we do. We wanted something that would symbolise recovery from an eating disorder. We wanted something that would symbolise hope. We wanted something that, when looked upon by someone with lived experience, of the torture and torment of living with an eating disorder, it would elicit understanding and meaning and instill hope and belief.

Would you like to further the understanding into eating disorders?

The Clinical Psychology Department at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia are seeking people to take part in their online study investigating the field of eating disorders. The study has received full ethical approval. Below is a brief summary of the research. 

Title - Ecological momentary assessment of schema mode fluctuations and their relation to eating disorder behaviours

Call for Participants - Females (18+) with and without an eating disorder

'Addiction to Restriction: Assessing Self-Starvation Behaviours and Their Personality Correlates'

Can you help?

Researchers at Griffith University in Australia are seeking to further the understanding and treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.  EDA fully supports further research into eating disorders as further research and study will inevitably further understanding of the illness and subsequently aid the treatment of those struggling with the illness. 

Please see the below information from the reserachers on how to take part in the research.

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Eating Disorder Association NI
28 Bedford Street,
Belfast, BT2 7FE
Phone: 028 9023 5959
Email: edani@btconnect.com