Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 1 - 7, 2018
It's closer than you think!
Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW) is approaching fast.
This year we are promoting the message that One Size DOESN'T Fit All, to shine a light on the fact that Eating Disorders can and do affect individuals of all genders, ages, races and ethnic identities, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds.
The CMHA, together with NIED and NEDIC, has produced a toolkit, available as a PDF in French and in English.
As always, EDAW is a truly collective effort. Provinces, territories and many municipalities are set to light notable landmarks in purple from February 1 to 7 to support eating disorder awareness - from Vancouver City Hall to the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, ON to Charlottetown City Hall. Groups across the country are planning awareness-raising and educational activities for their communities, using the hashtags #EDAW2018 (#SemTA2018 in French) and #7billionsizes to get the word out.
At NEDIC, we'll be hosting a number of activities as well: our 5th annual voicED event, voicED; our 4th annual Twitter chat; and a community panel co-hosted with Sheena's Place and the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED).
If you have an event planned, let us know and we'll happily promote it on our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
We want to remind Canadians that talking has the potential to save lives. We know that through open, supportive dialogue, we can help break the shame, stigma and silence that affect nearly 1 million Canadians that are living with a diagnosed eating disorder.
We'll be reaching out to the media to seek coverage for EDAW with stories that demystify this often misunderstood and underfunded mental illness. You can help by reaching out to local news outlets or by displaying one of our brand-new EDAW 2017 posters. Click here to purchase this poster today (quantities are limited!) or visit our online store to check out the poster bundle-packs available.
Every effort, small or large, makes a difference. If you are unable to get involved this year, please consider making a donation to NEDIC. Your donation will support NEDIC's National Toll-Free Helpline as well as our community Outreach & Education programming. All gifts of $20 or more receive a tax receipt.