AMH everyBODY BodyTalk – starting the conversation surrounding eating disorders

Action Mental Health’s specialist eating disorder service, AMH everyBODY benefits a great deal from its engagement with the local community.

This engagement not only helps to inform its specialist service remit regarding the particular needs of people living with eating disorders and their families, it also provides vital support to people in the Southern Trust and Health and Social Care Trust who avail of the service.

Through its preventative approach to eating disorder, the service engages with schools, sports clubs and community groups to to offer support and signpost signposting tpeople to the most appropriate support. In turn, in thanks of this support, beneficiaries like to give back and work collaboratively with AMH everyBODY to raise awareness and funds to support our work.

Among those to express their gratitude for the support of AMH everyBODY are the pupils of Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry. Year 11 pupils, aged 14 and 15, are holding a sponsored walk for AMH everyBODY to help highlight the importance of prevention and awareness raising through the service’s effective BodyTalk programme.

Their initiative also aims to raise awareness of BodyTalk’s proactive approach of pupils and teachers in taking action on eating disorders.

AMH BodyTalk consists of interactive workshop within schools in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area, which focus on:

  • eating disorders – the signs and symptoms, myths and misconceptions, causes and prevention, and where to go for support;
  • body image concerns amongst young people – the role of the media with fitness, beauty and diet industry, and how to be aware of dangers and challenge harmful body ideals;
  • building a body positive image through self-supporting skills of resilience and confidence building.

These workshops include clips from the Dove Self-Esteem campaign, along with interactive self-esteem group activities that offer opportunity for group discussions. Free of charge, the workshops have been received very positively by schools and colleges within the Southern Trust area.

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