Eating Disorders Nova Scotia provides information, education, connections, programs and support for youth with eating disorders and their families and friends, while advocating on their behalf.
Eating disorders are the third most common chronic health condition among young people and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, between 18-20%.
Peer-to-peer support is a powerful tool for people struggling with mental health issues. Especially when the issue is often overlooked or stigmatized, like eating disorders.
“For anyone seeking help with an eating disorder, it’s my job to make them feel safe,” says Meghan, a peer support mentor with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia. “I don’t diagnose or assess. I’m not clinical about it. But I help them open up because I’ve been in their shoes. Their struggle is mine.”
“Everyone is an individual,” says Jeremy Measham, an advanced care paramedic with Island EMS and member of the Medavie Health Foundation Grants Review Committee. “Programs like Eating Disorders Nova Scotia find smart, supportive ways to make sure those suffering still feel like a person as they navigate the health system and their recovery.”
For Meghan, support that extends beyond the doctor’s office is a special part of recovery. It’s about making sure that someone who’s struggling feels safe and secure.