Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2014
14/02/2014(24 February - 2 March)
Around 160 people with eating disorders have been supported in the Southern Trust as a result of an innovative three year-project involving GPs in the early diagnosis of the condition.
The CAWT Eating Disorders project is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme until the end of 2014 and it has delivered training sessions to all GPs within the Southern Trust. The project currently employs two eating disorder therapists who provide support to people with mild to moderate eating disorders across the five council areas in the Southern Trust.
Commenting on the project, CAWT’s Chief Officer Bernie McCrory said: “We are delighted that the eating disorders project is proving to be a great success in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. It is most rewarding to know that the significant EU funding investment in eating disorder services is improving the health and well-being of people living in the Southern Trust and also throughout the border region.”
Bryce McMurray, Assistant Director of Mental Health Services at the Southern Trust adds: “Around 1.6 million people in the UK, of all ages, male and female, are affected by eating disorders. During Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the Trust is encouraging individuals to break the silence and talk to their GP. Research shows that the sooner a person receives treatment, the greater their chance of making a full recovery from their eating disorder.”
The most important issue with eating disorders is early detection and, like many conditions, early diagnosis will result in a better outcome.
“Anyone who is concerned for themselves or a loved one should speak to their GP. They are very understanding and sympathetic and will sign post you to where can get help and support,” adds Mr McMurray.
“Patients with a moderate to severe eating disorder, requiring in-patient treatment, are treated in the Bluestone Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital.”
CAWT Eating Disorder Therapist Esther Irwin in consultation with a patient
Local help for eating disorders – staff from Primary Care, Adult Eating Disorder Service, Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service, the Bluestone Unit at Craigavon Area Hospital, and Adapt Eating Distress Association
Notes to Editor
1. The CAWT Eating Disorders project is 3 years in duration and is part of CAWT’s ‘Putting Patients, Clients and Families First’ initiative funded by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme.
2. Useful websites on Eating Disorders include: