Eating Disorders in Scotland: Prevention, Early Intervention and Promoting Recovery
More than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. However, it is often difficult to quantify the number of sufferers as many go undiagnosed.
Anyone can develop an eating disorder: while they are more common with women and girls, there has been an increase in the number of men affected in recent years. Mainly developing in adolescence, eating disorders are a serious mental health concern.
The Scottish Government’s ‘Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027’ has announced the development of a digital tool to support young people with eating disorders, however stakeholders are calling for more engagement between patients, education and health professionals. Concerns over the gap between treatment need and availability are growing, with a delay in access to treatment consistently, drawing focus.
Out of all psychiatric conditions eating disorders have the highest mortality rate, leading us to question what more can be done to support those living with an eating disorder and their families as well as wider measures to encourage and promote healthy relationships with food.
Join us at this Holyrood briefing on the 31st January as we examine priorities for early intervention and access to services for eating disorders in Scotland. We will bring together perspectives from across the health and care landscape to enhance knowledge for improved prevention, intervention and support of those living with eating disorders.
Key issues to be addressed
- Increase knowledge and awareness of eating disorders
- Improve confidence and skills in prevention, identification and interventions
- Taking a whole-family approach to supporting those living with eating disorders
- Understanding how we can prevent an unhealthy relationship with food from developing
- Ensuring a person-centred approach to care
- Learning the effectiveness of education-based interventions for prevention
09:30 Registration and Refreshments
10:00 Welcome and Introduction from Chair
10:05 Session 1: Eating Disorders in Context
- Overview of the current policy landscape for eating disorders in Scotland
- Understanding the nature of eating disorders
- The history and scale of the problem in Scotland
- The relationship between eating disorders and mental health
11:05 Questions and Discussion
11:20 Refreshments and Networking
11:40 Session 2: Prevention and Early Intervention
- Living with an eating disorder
- Understanding the preventative strategies and methods of early intervention in creating better outcomes
- The role and responsibilities of professionals and teachers
- Effective training and information for teachers and professionals
12:40 Questions and Discussion
13:00 Lunch and Networking
13:45 Session 3: Access to Services and Promoting Recovery
- Understanding the next steps for inpatient care
- Treating eating disorders in the community - the access and availability of services
- Supporting and encouraging effective transitions from CAMHS to AMHS
15:05 Questions and Discussion
15:30 Closing Remarks from Chair
15:40 Close of Event