Recovery from eating disorders for Every Body.
As a leader driving change, Body Brave is a charity providing accessible eating disorder treatment and support, as well as advancing community training and education.
Lived experience is at the core of everything we do.
Body Brave was founded by mother-daughter duo Sonia Kumar-Seguin and Dr. Karen Trollope. In her late teens and early twenties, Sonia struggled with a severe eating disorder. Karen and Sonia quickly discovered the immense barriers that exist for those navigating the healthcare system in search of help. Everything from stigma, long-waitlists, lack of healthcare provider support and training as well as a lack of eating disorder awareness or funding. Karen became a caregiver of Sonia but was often left in the dark, without coping tools or concrete information.
Sonia was lucky enough to able to access treatment and finally recover, however, she lost almost a decade of her life. Sonia and Karen decided to found Body Brave in hopes that no one would have to go through what they did. They soon found that their experiences were not unique. The Body Brave community has grown quickly and is a thriving beacon of hope for people struggling with eating disorders as well as their families and friends. What matters most is understanding what people need to help them break free from an eating disorder. We are always listening, co-designing and learning from the voices of people who have struggled with eating disorders as well as their families.
BODY BRAVE WAS FOUNDED
FIRST ED ORGANIZATION TO OFFER VIRTUAL TREATMENT IN CANADA
RAN A FIRST OF ITS KIND VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, BODY PEACE
PIVOTED TO FULLY VIRTUAL TREATMENT IN LESS THAN 48 HOURS
ONE OF SEVEN ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS CANADA TO WIN THE PRIORITY HEALTH CHALLENGE FOR AN INNOVATIVE E-PLATFORM
SECOND BODY PEACE CONFERENCE ATTRACTS OVER 400 PEOPLE
OFFERED SERVICES TO OVER 600 PEOPLE DURING THE PANDEMIC DESPITE A SMALL TEAM AND BUDGET
This is what recovery for every body means:
person-centred, compassionate care for anyone struggling with or at risk for an eating disorder.
We are achieving this by:
Providing treatment and support to people struggling and their carers. Learning and listening to lived experience.
Providing training for healthcare providers and others to enable early intervention and diagnosis.
Educating the public to break down stigma, increase support and create safer spaces of healing.