IT TAKES A VILLAGE.
RECOVERY IS A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY.
Sustainable recovery goes beyond the individual and is a shared responsibility. Stigma and lack of understanding remain major barriers for individuals reaching out for help. This is why we are working to educate communities.
MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE
Eating disorders are still often perceived as a lifestyle choice, with the belief that behaviours can be stopped with willpower. Eating disorders are in fact complex, brain-based illnesses that occur due to a multitude of factors including genetics, environment and experience. Eating disorders are treatable and full recovery is possible. However, stigma prevents millions of people from reaching out. It can also increase the duration and severity of the disorder 1. Breaking down stigma and educating the public saves lives.
BREAKING DOWN STIGMA
To break down stigma, Body Brave meets the public where they are. We engage on social media, hold community events, talk to media and participate in awareness campaigns. In 2018, we spearheaded an international awareness campaign called Show Us Your Purple. Eating disorders organizations all over the world participated last year and will again participate this year! Check it out here.
EDUCATING THE PUBLIC
Public education surrounding eating disorders can save lives. Body Brave will be offering online and in-person education courses starting in mid-2020.