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The Health Literacy Team and Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre have launched a new website on eating disorders – www.keltyeatingdisorders.ca! Kelty Eating Disorders is a one-stop shop for eating disorder information for people of all ages in BC.
The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has a mandate to support people across the province who are struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating. In fact, although the centre provides information and resources on many different mental health topics, one-third of all calls and visits to Kelty are related to eating disorders or disordered eating.
Many parents have no idea what an eating disorder is until their child has been diagnosed with one. Looking back, they often wish that they’d had access to the information and services they needed to support their child in recovering from their eating disorder, but at the time, they didn’t know where to find this kind of support.
The Kelty Eating Disorders website contains a range of information for different audiences, including health professionals, school professionals, friends, family members, caregivers and people who are struggling with disordered eating themselves. The website clarifies some myths and misconceptions about eating disorders, gives basic definitions, outlines specific causes and risk factors, and provides tips for reaching out for help.
We’ve included a link to our YouTube videos and have also featured external websites which contain eating disorder resources for all ages.
The interactive infographic on the homepage helps people learn about signs and symptoms of eating disorders without having to read through pages and pages of text. You can click on any body part to learn more about both the physical and behavioural aspects of these illnesses.
The website’s way-finding tool allows you to search for eating disorder programs in BC based on your age and location.
The website also incorporates true stories written by people who once struggled with an eating disorder and are now in recovery. Their words provide powerful insight into what it feels like to have an eating disorder. They also help spread a sense of hope and positivity. The message we want to convey is that you are not alone, help is available, and recovery is possible.
So check out www.keltyeatingdisorders.ca and let us know what you think! We’re always looking for ways to improve the site and make it more user-friendly for our visitors. We’re also interested in hearing your stories! If you were inspired by one of the stories on the site, or have a story of your own you’d like to share with us, you can post it here, or email us at email@example.com