How to Get Involved in NEDA Week 2021
NEDA Week 2021 takes place February 22-28, and this year's theme is: "Every Body Has a Seat at the Table." National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) elaborates on this theme by saying, “In a field where marginalized communities continue to be underrepresented, we welcome conversations on raising awareness, challenging systemic biases, and sharing stories from all backgrounds and experiences.”
Although this year's NEDA Week is taking place virtually, NEDA will be hosting a variety of online events and discussions, and Eating Recovery Center is honored to be involved.
Here’s how you can get involved in NEDA Week 2021:
Attend a Roundtable Discussion
Throughout NEDA Week 2021, five different panel discussions will be held on a variety of topics, including Black mental health, LGBTQ+ mental health, caregiving and more. Whether you are a professional, community member, family member or someone who is curious about learning more, everyone is invited to attend.
On Tuesday, February 23, ERC is partnering with NEDA for “Proud To Be Me — Insights from the LGBTQ+ Community.” Eric Dorsa, a mental health advocate and host of ERC’s Instagram Live series “Queen and Sober,” is a part of the panel and will be sharing their lived experience, along with several other nationally known advocates in the LGBTQ+ community.
Support Those Sharing Their Experiences
One main reason why Eating Recovery Center supports NEDA Week each year is because this week brings forth so many inspirational stories of hope. People from all over the world share their lived experiences through these panel discussions, interviews with the media or on their own social channels.
If you’re looking to get involved, we encourage you to support those who are sharing their experiences. Comment on their posts with some encouragement or how their story inspired you. Attend one of the many events to listen in. You could even send a text to someone you know who is struggling.
Share Your Story
Many people who are in recovery from an eating disorder or are struggling with their mental health find that NEDA Week is a supportive and inclusive time to get involved by sharing their story. However, we want you to know that you should only share your story when you’re ready. If you decide to join in this year, know that we’re here to support you!
Offer Resources for Alumni and Patients
If you’re a mental health provider of eating disorder treatment or mental health care, we encourage you to share resources to help alumni and current patients on their journey toward recovery. This week can be both inspirational and challenging for many, and we want to offer as much support as possible