"Loss Support Network Program" Launched by NEDA
In a recent press release, The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) has announced the formation of a new program designed to connect and support people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to an eating disorder.
The program which is part of a network of support programs provided by NEDA, is intended to link family members with others who have gone through similar challenges associated with watching a loved one succumb to the effects of an eating disorder.
According to NEDA president and CEO Lynn Grefe, many people in society are still unaware of the serious and sometimes fatal consequences of eating disorders. She explains that this program hopes to fill a growing need for a compassionate and empathetic response to these families, by promoting understanding and healing.
The program is offered to participants at no cost, and adheres to the same principles of confidentiality, shared experiences, and mutual support as found in other popular self-help groups. Participants include those who have recently lost a family member, and those who choose to mentor others through sharing their own experience of loss. Volunteers are registered with the program, and may choose to participate in order to reach out to others in need or honor the memory of their loved one.
The Loss Support Network Program is intended to offer a safe environment for those dealing with unresolved emotions related to the unique circumstances surrounding these families. Many have spent years attempting to get help for their loved one, only to find themselves losing the battle and having to cope with grief and loss.
Although anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, most who suffer from this and other eating disorders, receive insufficient treatment and care. This places a huge burden on families, who are often unprepared for the ongoing challenges faced by those battling eating disorders.
Source: National Eating Disorders Association