SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Health, a national behavioral health system, is launching a week-long campaign in support of patients and families affected by eating disorders. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW), which was first launched by the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) 30 years ago, takes place Feb. 26 to March 4. The goal of this campaign is to shine a spotlight on the critical needs of people with eating disorders and their families.
Sovereign Health's eating disorders program is committed to educating and treating anorexia and bulimia, providing both inpatient and outpatient services. The program offers each client an individualized plan, encompassing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Sovereign Health's NEDAW campaign will include a presentation from Janet Whitney, M.A., LMFT, Eating Disorders Program Consultant at Sovereign Health of San Clemente, on "Speaking to the Heart of People With Eating Disorders," on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time at 1021 Calle Recodo San Clemente, CA 92673; daily social media posts focused on educating the public about eating disorders; a social media campaign with a call to action for supporters to wear purple, the color that represents NEDAW; an interactive quiz testing people's knowledge on eating disorders; the addition of a new article, "Navigating insurance on the way to treatment," to Sovereign Health's eating disorders toolkit; and a new patient testimonial series about those in recovery for eating disorders, "Talking about it."
"Eating disorders are life-threatening, biopsychosocial illnesses that affect millions of people," says Claire Mysko, Chief Executive Officer of NEDA. "It's time to talk about it, get beyond the stigma and stereotypes, and recognize the diverse faces and experiences of people affected by disordered eating. When people share their stories and connect with others, it opens the doorway to recovery. Early intervention is a critical first step toward ending this epidemic, and everyone who is struggling deserves to be able to access help without delay. To take a confidential online screening, visit NEDAwareness.org/screening. Recovery is possible and help is available."
Tens of millions of Americans currently struggle with eating disorders, and the problem appears to be growing. Teenage girls and young women are the most commonly affected, but eating disorders occur in both genders, all ages and all ethnic backgrounds worldwide. Many people go undiagnosed because they conceal their illness.
About Sovereign Health
Sovereign Health's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company's ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit www.sovhealth.com.
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