Here Are 3 Ways You Can Get Involved During #NEDAwareness Week
February 26th through March 4th is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and it’s an amazing time to get involved with eating disorder awareness and eating disorder advocacy.
Here are three ways that you can get involved this #NEDAwareness Week:
1. Get educated!
One of the most important aspects of creating eating disorder awareness is by educating ourselves so that we can educate others. Misinformation is often spread about eating disorders, which leads to a lack of understanding and creating further stigma. Some excellent resources for getting educated about eating disorders are NEDA, Project HEAL, and BEDA.
Volunteering for eating disorder related causes is a great way to spread eating disorder awareness and be an advocate. NEDA has several opportunities to volunteer, such as with their Helpline, and Project HEAL has opportunities to volunteer with their chapters across the country and with their mentorship program, Communities of HEALing.
3. Share your story!
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an amazing time to share your personal eating disorder story. Whether you share it publicly or share it just with people close to you, sharing your story is a great way to create more awareness and break the stigma surrounding eating disorders. The more stories that are shared, the more understanding that can be brought to the public surrounding eating disorder recovery.
This #NEDAwareness week, I hope you are inspired to get involved with spreading eating disorder awareness, whether it be in a small way or a big way. Eating disorder awareness and advocacy is crucial to making full recovery possible and accessible for all eating disorder sufferers, and #NEDAwareness Week is the perfect time for you to get involved.
Colleen Werner is a writer, dancer, and future therapist from Long Island, NY. She’s studying Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury and plans on going to graduate school for Mental Health Counseling. She aspires to start an eating disorder treatment program for dancers. Colleen’s experiences in recovery from an eating disorder and anxiety disorder have inspired her to share her story in an effort to help others, end the stigma, and create a sense of community. She is a National Ambassador for Project HEAL, a Campus Editor-at-Large for HuffPost, and a contributor for HerCampus and The Mighty. Colleen’s Instagram, @leenahlovesherself, inspires thousands every day with her posts about authenticity and mental health.