Dealing with an Eating Disorder on your own is hard work, many people (including myself) have tried to fight the battle alone for too long. In my experience, ED always succeeded in ensuring a way out was impossible; therefore, reaching out for support is an essential first step in recovering from your ED.
A word of caution here, it is crucial to find the right help, don’t fall victim, as I did, to the many online and residential programs claiming to treat EDs that ARE NOT evidence-based or medically endorsed. Take it from me, people who claim to be experts when they are not, can cost thousands of dollars and leaving you feeling worse and even more discouraged. That is definitely not what you’re looking for.
Ask to see accreditation and seek advice from established eating disorder support organisations. The good news is that you don’t need to do this alone; the right help is available.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing an eating disorder, I encourage you to reach out for support, because you deserve it. You can contact the Butterfly National Helpline: 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673). For further resources and information, the following sites are good places to start for reliable and trustworthy advice and information. Lastly, don’t be scared to seek help, it feels hard but trust me, it gets easier.
- NEDC.com.au (National Eating Disorders Collaboration)
- Howfaristoofar.org.au – How Far is Too Far – Learn about Eating Disorders
- Butterflyfoundation.org.au – Foundation for Eating Disorders
- thediaryhealer.com – The Diary Healer. June has been my own mentor for several years now, I give June a lot of credit for where I am today.
- nationaleatingdisorders.org/ (NEDA USA)
- beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ (BEAT UK)
- feast-ed.org (F.E.A.S.T)