WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass., Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Screening for Mental Health, Inc., the pioneer in large-scale mental health screenings for the public, has partnered with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), for the fourth consecutive year, to provide free, anonymous eating disorder screenings at http://mybodyscreening.org/ as part of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, held this year, February 26 - March 4.
As many as 30 million people in the United States will struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Despite their prevalence, many of those suffering with eating disorders do not seek help. The National Eating Disorder Awareness Week campaign works to bring awareness to the critical needs of people with eating disorders and their families. This year's campaign theme, It's Time to Talk About It, focuses on the need to treat eating disorders as serious public health concerns and encourages everyone to get screened.
"Eating disorders are serious mental health disorders that require treatment," said Douglas Jacobs, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and founder and medical director at Screening for Mental Health, Inc. "As with most illnesses, the earlier an eating disorder is detected and treated, the better chance exists for successful recovery."
"National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is an opportunity to educate the public on the myths and facts associated with eating disorders and to let those who may be struggling with an eating disorder know that it's okay to talk about it and to seek help," said Claire Mysko, Chief Executive Officer of the National Eating Disorder Association. "We're delighted to once again partner with Screening for Mental Health to offer the free, anonymous screenings at http://mybodyscreening.org/ so individuals can learn if they have signs or symptoms of eating disorders and get connected with local resources for information and help."
Online screenings consist of a series of questions designed to indicate whether symptoms of an eating disorder are present. After completing the screening, participants receive immediate confidential feedback and referral information to local resources for further information or treatment. Screenings will be available online and in-person at organizations across the country. Visit http://mybodyscreening.org to locate a participating organization in your area or to take an anonymous online screening.
About Screening for Mental Health
Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), the pioneer of large-scale mental health screening for the public, provides innovative mental health and substance use resources, linking those in need with quality treatment options. SMH programs, offered online and in-person, educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for common mental and behavioral health disorders and suicide. Thousands of organizations worldwide utilize our educational and screening programs, and in turn, have reached millions of people ranging from teenagers to adults. For more information about Screening for Mental Health, visit mentalhealthscreening.org.
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