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Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Posted on the 27th February 2015

Health professionals from the Eating Disorder Services in Blackpool/Preston/Chorley/East and West Lancashire are supporting national Eating Disorder Awareness Week which runs from 23 February to 1 March.

This is a national campaign led by the charity B-eat, who provide support for anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, shape or weight. The week aims to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders and challenge stereotypes and stigma.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Eating Disorder Services provide support to people across the area who require assistance with a variety of eating disorders. The Trust’s Eating Disorder Service focuses on adults with severe eating disorders aged 16 years onwards. The team provide supported eating, a wide range of psychological therapies, nursing support and management of physical health issues associated with eating disorders.

Dr Karen Seal, a Psychologist within the Eating Disorder Service at the Trust was recently announced as a runner up in Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg’s Mental Health Hero Awards. Dr Seal was in a highly contested category with over 900 nominations, and was nominated by some of her service users for the excellent work she does supporting people affected by eating disorders. Karen said:

“It was a privilege to receive the nomination and it means so much that it came from service users, they really are at the heart of our practice. I was presented the award by Mr Clegg at a ceremony in Whitehall, London and it was a brilliant day to be surrounded by so many examples of outstanding work that takes place on a daily basis to improve the lives of the people we care for. Unfortunately there is still stigma associated with mental health difficulties, and we all have a part to play in reducing that. Eating Disorders awareness week encourages conversations about eating difficulties, which can only be a good thing in this process. Anyone be they male, female, young or old can be affected by an eating disorder.

“Our services use innovative thinking to provide the very best care to people who need our support. It is important that people feel comfortable in seeking out help and support from a specialist service to ensure the underlying concerns can be addressed and the right treatment provided for the individual. As a team we aim to instil hope for recovery and work with compassion at the heart of our practice. Everybody seeking our help is treated as an individual with respect and dignity. Shame can be high in eating disorders and we work hard to reduce this for the people we see.”

The service is dedicated to working with individuals affected by an eating disorder to provide a tailored plan of support and care to ensure they receive the very best care for them with a great outcome, in line with the Trust’s overall five year plan. The service works closely with local commissioners and was recently awarded a contract to extend the service to cover Chorley and South Ribble as well as Preston which began in February 2015.

If you would like to find out more about the eating disorder services available in your area please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Eating-Disorders. For more information about the different types of eating disorders, fundraising and the work of B-eat please visit their website www.b-eat.co.uk