Mission and Vision
Our vision is to help bring an end to the torture and suffering associated with trying to live with an eating disorder. EDA exists to provide support, information and understanding to people with eating disorders as well as their families and friends. We endeavour to ensure that those struggling with an eating disorder know that they are not alone and that support and a non-judgemental, empathetic listening ear are always available. We recognise that the ignorance commonly associated with the illnesses is a great barrier to recovery. We endeavour to promote awareness of the illness amongst all sections of the community, amongst decision makers, politicians, civil servants, the voluntary sector and the general public.
We strive to ensure that people affected by eating disorders will have their needs met through the provision of timely, appropriate and integrated services delivered by a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. We support a multi-disciplinary approach for the treatment of eating disorders and strongly advocate for early intervention in our mission of supporting those struggling with the debilitating physical and psychological consequence of an eating disorder.
Our mission is to challenge the perpetuating factors and accentuate the protective factors associated with eating disorders, in an endeavour to improve the quality of life for people affected by this devastating condition. We hope to achieve this by being proactive in meeting needs, by being successful in influencing government policy and by promoting understanding and awareness of these illnesses within society. EDA wholly supports the process of recovery, encouraging the individual to develop their own more positive and adaptive strategies in order to live a fulfilling life beyond the challenges of an eating disorder.
- To change the way people think and talk about eating disorders.
- To improve the way services and treatments are provided.
- To support people struggling and their families.
- To instil hope that recovery from an eating disorder is always possible.
- To raise awareness and understanding.
- To challenge stigma and perpetuating factors.
- To be a voice for those who are struggling to find their own.
- To strongly promote immediate, early intervention and challenge any barriers to accessing care
- To promote and encourage research and evidence based practice.
Development and the Future
This year we celebrate 25years of having the privilege of working with and supporting people with eating disorders. With this in mind, we enter 2017 with a resolute and determined mind-set to continue in our work; supporting and being a non-judgemental, empathetic listening ear to those who are struggling; utilising our advocacy role to give a voice to those who are struggling to find their own voice; campaigning and raising awareness in the mission to reduce stigma and increase understanding; working effectively with statutory bodies to improve the lives of those with eating disorders. We recognise and welcome the many other groups, individuals and organisations that also share our aims to improve the lives of those with eating disorders and who work tirelessly to achieve this. EDA recognises the importance of working closely with other groups and individuals with this shared vision in helping to reduce stigma, increase understanding, improve treatment outcomes and ultimately improve people’s quality of life and recovery.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Department of Health & Social Services and the Health & Social Care Board for their continued support of our work. We continue to seek their help to increase service provision for those affected by eating disorders through the full implementation of the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability.