Online resource supporting people with an eating disorder and their carers

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Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies was in Newcastle this week to launch two vital online resources for people in New South Wales living with, or at risk of developing an eating disorder, and their families and carers.

It was great to be to be part of Monday’s event and announce   a grant to support the Hunter Institute of Mental Health deliver the next stage of this project to ensure the resources are accessed by those in most need.

The Navigating Your Way to Health and Navigating Their Way to Health practical resources were developed to encourage early help seeking and communicate current information about how to navigate treatment options. These innovative resources incorporate the views of people with lived experience of eating disorders, friends, family, service providers and other stakeholders in New South Wales. 

Our funding of the next stage of the program will support the dissemination and promotion of this resource to the Hunter community. A series of complementary materials are being  been developed, including postcards, video and podcasts, to promote the availability of this resource through services and clinicians, as well as online and via social marketing.

Around 4% of the population are affected by an eating disorder to clinically significant levels. Based on this estimate, this equates to around 35,000 cases in the Hunter New England Health District.

This project will ensure these valuable resources gets into the hands of the right people, and help those with an eating disorder on the road to recovery.

The resources are designed for people of any gender, age, culture, or stage of an eating disorder, and are available at www.himh.org.au/navigatingedhealth & www.cedd.org.au/beginrecovery.