Eating Disorder SUPPORT

Suicide Prevention

Phone Numbers and Additional Contacts 

 

Project HEAL: https://www.theprojectheal.org/treatment-access-program-1/

support group 

Mission statement: Project HEAL believes that everyone deserves the chance to fully recover from an eating disorder, regardless of income, insurance plan, race, age, education level, sex, or sexual orientation. We award grants for all levels of eating disorder treatment for highly motivated applicants, who want to recover but cannot afford treatment.

The Recovery Village: https://www.ridgefieldrecovery.com/treatments/co-occurring-disorders/eating-disorders/

Recovery Center 

Eating disorders and substance abuse share a number of common risk factors, including low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and social pressures. Primary mission of the Recovery Village is to change once life at a time. 

 

Phone Numbers:

 

NEDA HELPLINE

Call our toll-free, confidential helpline, Monday - Thursday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST): Holiday Closures

1-800-931-2237

 

SUCIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE

 1-800-273-8255

 

Crisis Text Line

TEXT “HOME” to 741741

 

TREVOR PORJECT

 1-866-488-7386.

If you don't have health insurance, you can call the National Alliance on Mental Illness at 1-800-950-6264 for information about free or reduced cost treatment options. Additionally, if you are in crisis you can text NAMI to 741741. Remember, you are not alone. "As with other serious illnesses, mental illness is not your fault or that of the people around you, but widespread misunderstandings about mental illness remain," NAMI explained.

Just because not everyone understands what you're going through, that doesn't mean what you're experiencing isn't real, which is why you can always call or text a hotline for immediate help from people who do understand. NAMI also offers a comprehensive guide for finding a therapist, and it walks you through every step, including how to choose the right mental health provider for you. And most important, no matter how you're feeling, please know that you matter and you don't have to go through this alone.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

 

 

The Trevor Project

"Trevor provides valuable resources to young people nationwide who may not have anywhere else to turn to for help. That's why their work is so incredible—thanks to Trevor's programs, LGBTQ youth are not alone."

Marisol C.

 

From the Trevor Project:

earning the warning signs of suicide is a huge part of preventing a crisis.

Learning the warning signs of suicide is a huge part of preventing a crisis. Although emotional ups and downs are normal, sometimes a person who is suicidal gives certain signs or hints that something is wrong. Knowing these major warning signs can help you connect someone you care about to support if they need it – even if that person is yourself.

Have you or someone you know felt…?

  • Unimportant

  • Trapped

  • Hopeless

  • Overwhelmed

  • Unmotivated

  • Alone

  • Irritable

  • Impulsive

  • Suicidal

Do you or someone you know…?

  • Not care about their future: “It won’t matter soon anyway.”

  • Put themselves down – and think they deserve it: “I don’t deserve to live. I suck.”

  • Express hopelessness: “Things will never get better for me.”

  • Say goodbye to important people: “You’re the best friend I’ve ever had. I’ll miss you.”

  • Have a specific plan for suicide: “I’ve thought about how I’d do it.”

  • Talk about feeling suicidal: “LIfe is so hard. Lately I’ve felt like ending it all.”

Have you or someone you know been…?

  • Using drugs or alcohol more than usual

  • Acting differently than usual

  • Giving away their most valuable possessions

  • Losing interest in their favorite things to do

  • Admiring people who have died by suicide

  • Planning for death by writing a will or letter

  • Eating or sleeping more or less than usual

  • Feeling more sick, tired or achy than usual

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you are not alone. We are here for you 24/7 on the Trevor Lifeline (1-866-488-7386) – that means all day and night, every weekend, each holiday, and beyond.

If you recognize these signs in someone you know, encourage them to ask for help. If they need support, empower them to call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 to talk with a trained volunteer counselor. Trevor is here 24/7 – that means all day and night, every weekend, and every holiday.

10 steps to positive body image:

from NEDA

  1. Appreciate all that your body can do. Every day your body carries you closer to your dreams. Celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you—running, dancing, breathing, laughing, dreaming, etc.

  2. Keep a top-ten list of things you like about yourself—things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like. Read your list often. Add to it as you become aware of more things to like about yourself.

  3. Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin-deep. When you feel good about yourself and who you are, you carry yourself with a sense of confidence, self-acceptance, and openness that makes you beautiful. Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of your body.

  4. Look at yourself as a whole person. When you see yourself in a mirror or in your mind, choose not to focus on specific body parts. See yourself as you want others to see you — as a whole person.

  5. Surround yourself with positive people. It is easier to feel good about yourself and your body when you are around others who are supportive and who recognize the importance of liking yourself just as you naturally are.

  6. Shut down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right” or that you are a “bad” person. You can overpower those negative thoughts with positive ones. The next time you start to tear yourself down, build yourself back up with a few quick affirmations that work for you.

  7. Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you feel good about your body. Work with your body, not against it.

  8. Become a critical viewer of social and media messages. Pay attention to images, slogans, or attitudes that make you feel bad about yourself or your body. Protest these messages: write a letter to the advertiser or talk back to the image or message. 

  9. Do something nice for yourself — something that lets your body know you appreciate it. Take a bubble bath, make time for a nap, or find a peaceful place outside to relax.

  10. Use the time and energy that you might have spent worrying about food, calories, and your weight to do something to help others. Sometimes reaching out to other people can help you feel better about yourself and can make a positive change in our world.

HOW TO TALK TO A LOVED ONE ABOUT EATING CONCERNS

from NEDA

  • Learn as much as you can about eating disorders. Read books, articles, and brochures. Know the difference between facts and myths about weight, nutrition, and exercise. Knowing the facts will help you reason with your friend about any inaccurate ideas that may be fueling their disordered eating patterns. 

  • Rehearse what you want to say. This may help reduce your anxiety and clarify exactly what you want to say. Other people have found writing out their main points helpful. 

  • Set a private time and place to talk. No one wants to have personal issues dissected in front of a crowd, so make sure you find a time and place where you will have time to discuss your concerns without being rushed or in front of a crowd. 

  • Be honest. Talk openly and honestly about your concerns with the person who is struggling with eating or body image problems. Avoiding it or ignoring it won’t help!

  • Use “I” statements. Focus on behaviors that you have personally observed, such as “I have noticed that you aren’t eating dinner with us anymore,” or “I am worried about how frequently you are going to the gym.” It’s easy to sound accusatory (“You’re not eating! You’re exercising too much!”), which can cause a person to feel defensive. Instead, stick to pointing out what you’ve observed. If you can, also point out behaviors not related to eating and weight, which may be easier for the person to see and accept. 

  • Stick to the facts. Raising concerns about a potential eating disorder can bring up lots of emotions, and it’s important not to let those run the show. Instead, talk about behaviors and changes you have observed and calmly point out why you are concerned (“I have seen you run to the bathroom after meals and feel worried you might be making yourself throw up.”).

  • Be caring, but be firm. Caring about your friend does not mean being manipulated by them. Your friend must be responsible for their actions and the consequences of those actions. Avoid making rules, promises, or expectations that you cannot or will not uphold. For example, “I promise not to tell anyone.” Or, “If you do this one more time, I’ll never talk to you again.”

  • Remove potential stigma. Remind your loved one that there’s no shame in admitting you struggle with an eating disorder or other mental health issue. Many people will be diagnosed with these issues during their lifetimes, and many will recover. 

  • Avoid overly simplistic solutions. Being told “Just stop” or “Just eat” isn’t helpful. It can leave the sufferer feeling frustrated, defensive, and misunderstood. 

  • Be prepared for negative reactions. Some eating disorder sufferers are glad that someone has noticed they are struggling. Others respond differently. Some may become angry and hostile, insisting that you are the one with the problem. Others may brush off your concerns or minimize potential dangers. Both of these responses are normal. Reiterate your concerns, let them know you care, and leave the conversation open.

  • Encourage them to seek professional help. Many eating disorder sufferers require professional help in order to get better. Offer to help the sufferer find a physician or therapist if they don’t have one, or attend an appointment where the eating disorder is discussed. Getting timely, effective treatment dramatically increases a person’s chances for recovery. If your loved one is ready to seek treatment or you want to explore options, the NEDA Helpline is a great place to start. Contact the Helpline >

  • Tell someone. It may seem difficult to know when, if at all, to tell someone else about your concerns. Addressing body image or eating problems in their beginning stages offers your friend the best chance for working through these issues and becoming healthy again. Don’t wait until the situation is so severe that your friend’s life is in danger. Your friend needs a great deal of support and understanding.

Even if you don’t feel the discussion was well-received or that you got through to your loved one, don’t despair. You shared your concern and let them know that you care and you are there for them. You may also have planted a seed that they should seek help. The seed may not take root immediately, but over time, the concern of friends and family can help move an individual towards recovery.

Note: If you suspect a medical or psychiatric emergency, such as threats of suicide or medical complications from eating disorder behaviors (such as fainting, heart arrhythmias, or seizures), seek medical attention or call 911 immediately.

 

 

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