Eating disorders are mental illnesses causing serious disturbances in eating behaviours. Below you will find resources to help you better understand this topic.
You can contact the partners below to get more information and assistance.
ACCESS Mental Health
Clinicians work over the telephone to help people navigate the addiction and mental health system. They are familiar with both Alberta Health Services and community based programs and will explore options and direct/refer clients to the most appropriate resource to meet their needs. Access Mental Health is a non-urgent service.
Phone: 403-943-1500 (extension 1 for child and adolescent services)
Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta
EDSNA provides information, guidance, a provincial voice, a community hub and most of all, support to Albertans affected by eating disorders.
MyHealth.Alberta is provided by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. Use the search bar to find information on 'Anorexia Nervosa', 'Bulimia Nervosa', 'Binge Eating Disorder', or 'Eating Disorders' in general.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) aims to increase public awareness about Eating Disorders and related issues.
The mission of NEDA is to support individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. Their website is equipped with stories of hope written by recovering/recovered individuals, a family forum, and information addressing many ED aspects.
Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders is a website designed for families to support and be supported during the treatment of a loved one. There is information on this site provided about both Eating Disorders and their treatment. Additionally, anyone can sign up for free membership to post on the support forum.
This website provides information about eating disorders and family-based treatment, family stories of recovery, supportive parent-to-parent advice, and treatment information for families who opt for family-based Maudsley treatment.
Academy for Eating Disorders
AED provides education on eating disorder symptoms and treatment recommendations.
Family and Community Resource Centre Information Prescriptions
For information about anxiety, depression, or nutrition check out the information prescriptions. These resource lists were created by staff and community partners who have expertise in the clinical area. You can see the full list here.
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Parents/Support Persons who have a Child With an Eating Disorder
This book offers support and solutions for family, friends, and all others who are affected by a loved one's eating disorder.
This book demonstrates how parental involvement in the treatment of an eating disorder benefits the struggling child and provides the tools you need to ensure that your child develops nourishing eating habits and life-sustaining attitudes.
Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One With an Eating Disorder equips caregivers with the skills and knowledge needed to support and encourage those suffering from an eating disorder, and to help them to break free from the traps that prevent recovery.
Huff's daughter was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 14. Baffled and afraid, Sue realized she needed to connect with other families who understood the journey. This book is the result: a powerful collection of stories, told from the perspective of both the individuals with eating disorders and the parent(s) who walked the path of recovery with them.
Building a supportive and open relationship with young people suffering from eating disorders is key to assisting the recovery process. Written by experienced eating disorder specialists, this book will help caregivers to reach out to young people having difficulty cooperating with treatment.
This book provides parents with information, advice and training on how to deal with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and achieve a healthier and more balanced diet.
Eating Disorders Collection
Understanding and Coping With Eating Disorders
Author Jenni Schaefer shares her personal experiences with an eating disorder and how she learned to treat her eating disorder as a relationship, not a condition. By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni was able to break up with Ed once and for all.
This book relates that recovering is not just about breaking free from destructive behaviours with food and having a healthy relationship with your body.
Challenging the assumption that anorexia is an exclusively female affliction, this compelling memoir is the first to describe how a young man overcame this often fatal disorder.
This DBT workbook provides step-by-step exercises for learning various coping skills and putting them to work for real and lasting change.
The skills presented in this workbook will help you begin to cope with uncomfortable feelings in healthy ways, empower you to feel good about nourishing your body, and finally gain true control over your life.
The Body Image Workbook offers a comprehensive program to help you stop focusing on your perceived imperfections and start feeling more confident about the way you look.
The Intuitive Eating Workbook offers a comprehensive, evidence-based program to help you develop a healthy relationship with food, pay attention to cues of hunger and satisfaction, and cultivate a profound connection with your mind and body.
Understanding and Coping With Eating Disorders Collectio
Current as of: April 22 2021
Thank you to our friends at the Calgary Eating Disorder Program for their contributions.
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