Support for eating disorders

A regional health trust is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of eating disorders.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week starts on Monday, and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) is keen to spread the word.

The week will highlight awareness of the condition and help to promote a better understanding of eating disorders, while challenging the stigma surrounding the issue.

Consultant Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician Dr Sylvia Dahabra said: “Eating Disorders Awareness Week will give us a chance to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders and to challenge stereotypes and stigmas.

“Our staff, patients and carers will be supporting BEAT, the national charity for eating disorders, by joining its fund-raising day on February 27 by holding a Sock It to Eating Disorders Day.”

Earlier this year the Trust opened a dedicated intensive day service for people with eating disorders at Benfield House in Walkergate Park Hospital, Newcastle.

The unit is part of the Trust’s Richardson Eating Disorders Service and provides support to adults, from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. It will create a bespoke package of care for each patient, arrange group therapy programmes, occupational therapy, and deliver skills training for families and carers.