Our Educational Films #firststeps
Purpose of the films
To raise awareness of the signs and symptoms associated with specific eating disorders and to encourage the first steps towards treatment and recovery.
Our Training Officer recruited and managed a team of volunteers who were either current or past clients of Eating Distress North East . Volunteers were asked to attend several research workshops where they were invited to reflect on their life experiences in relation to their own eating disorders. This material became the foundation which would inform the content for the films. This collaborative approach ensures authenticity and speaks in a language and way that is understood by other people in a similar situation.
“The films helped me understand more about eating disorders and where to go for help”.
“Liam’s story made me cry my life was just like that. I understand now why I have a problem with binge eating. I plan on speaking to my GP”.
“I was just like Tommy. I became obsessed with calorie counting and overexercising. I didn’t know where to go for help. I do now. Thank you 😊”
“I would like to show these to the young people I am working with. It’s a really easy way to encourage really important conversations”
As a small charity, we rely on the amazing generosity of the public to allow us to continue our work. Every donation is noticed and appreciated, and allows us to really make a difference in someone’s life – by helping to provide specialised one to one counselling sessions to people who would otherwise not be able to access them, run our support groups, and provide training so people can spot the signs of eating distress and help others seek the support they need as early as possible. We use Local Giving as our donation platform, and any contribution enables us to continue providing our supportive services for people struggling with anxiety around food