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Happy Mental Health Monday– and President’s Day, too! As I’ll likely be snowed in at Sarah’ apartment in downtown DC all day, I’m channeling that pseudo-political power to hopefully get y’all excited about National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. It’s February 21-27, which is right around the corner, and this year, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is focusing on the importance of early intervention. The NEDA is encouraging the public to take just 3 minutes to complete the confidential online eating disorders screening at screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/NEDA. Taking 3 minutes to complete the screening will help determine if it is time to seek professional help.
Completing the online eating disorders screening is just one way to get involved this year. In addition to sharing the screening, encourage your loved ones, friends, and colleagues to take part, as well. Commit to learning more about these mental illnesses and why it’s crucial that we keep the conversation about eating disorders relevant and ongoing. Sharing facts online, hosting an event of any size, or participating in the NEDA’s social media events are just a few of the easy ways to be a part of this year’s incredibly important initiative. Visit “Get Involved” to find even more ways you can take part in the fight against these life threatening illnesses.
So please, please, please mark your calendars and commit to just one small thing to raise awareness during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Schedule a tweet using #NEDAwareness or share something from the NEDA’s Facebook page— or even go as far to walk in your city’s annual NEDA Walk. Something is always better than nothing. Also, feel free to connect with me at any point before, after, or during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. I’d love to chat about my personal experience and/or why talking about the international epidemic of eating disorders is so very important to me. My door (or email inbox) is always open!