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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

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This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, an annual week of campaigning devoted to talking about eating disorders in a way that encourages recovery and lets the people affected know that they are not alone and can be supported in recovery.

1 in 10 people will experience partial or full symptoms of an eating disorder, which can have serious impact on everyday day life making things such as work and social life harder.

Taking place from 23rd February-1s March, the week aims to raise awareness and a higher level of understanding in order to eliminate the stigma attached to this serious mental illness and raise funds for improved services to help support those with eating disorders.

Thanks to the legacy of Amy Winehouse, Beat – the UK’s leading eating disorder charity – is now able to offer more interactive help and support through its new website funded by a £45,000 donation from the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Sufferers and their families will be able to access the site by mobile phone and use message boards, take part in online support groups and search for local support services. This will deliver the charity’s core services 24/7 in a more interactive way, which will appeal particularly to the younger generation that the Foundation wishes to support.

Amy battled with an eating disorder during her life and the Winehouse family felt strongly that this was an area they would like to support. Amy was passionate about helping young people, and fully understood the problems that many of them face.

Beat will be holding a launch event on Thursday, which we will update you on.

If you have been affected by an eating disorder, or know someone who has, please visit or contact:

www.b-eat.co.uk

Helpline – 0845 634 1414

Youthline – 0845 634 6750

Email – fyp@b-eat.co.uk

Text – 07786 20 18 20

 http://www.nhs.uk/eating-disorders

 

Shakira Alleyne

Amy’s Legacy To Help Thousands Of People Affected By Eating Disorders

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation is helping thousands of young people with eating disorders to find the help and support they need.

Amy battled with similar issues during her life and her family felt strongly that this was an area they would like to support. That’s why the Foundation has provided funding so that the eating disorder charity B-eat can reach more families and young people online.

The funding will allow B-eat to develop a new website, so that both sufferers and their families can use message boards, take part in live ‘chats’, access online support groups and search for services in their local area.

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B-eat’s Chief Executive, Susan Ringwood said: ‘We are delighted to have this vital support from The Amy Winehouse Foundation. This will enable us to reach many more of the 1.6 million people affected by these serious mental illnesses in the UK.  Our website is a key part of what we do and it’s vital that we make the information and support we have easily accessible to everyone.’

Amy’s brother Alex Winehouse said: ‘It is vital, in the world we live in today, that everything is done to highlight the danger eating disorders can wreak upon the human body. Too often, the easiest option – to turn away and act like nothing is happening – is taken, and it is time this stops. We hope that, by working alongside Beat, discussions about bulimia and anorexia can now take place, and that people’s fears of this subject are allayed.’