Eating Disorders in Scotland: Prevention, Early Intervention and Promoting Recovery
An estimated 1.25 million 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 more commonly affect women and girls, studies suggest men and boys make up 20-25% of those affected. 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.
Eating disorders can be fatal, and anorexia has the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric conditions, 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 21st March 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.
- Sara Preston, Senior National Officer (Scotland), Beat
- Sarah J Taylor, Research Nurse, Eating Disorder Development Team, NHS Lothian
- Dr Petya Eckler, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde Glasgow
- Lorna Quickfall, Head Teacher, Huntercombe Hospital Edinburgh
- Sam Thomas, Founder and Director, Men Get Eating Disorders Too
- Niamh Allen, Collective Advocacy Worker, CAPS Independent Advocacy
- Beat Young Ambassadors, Beat
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
- 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
Jennifer Trueland, Journalist
10:05 Session 1: Prevention and Early Intervention
10:05 Sara Preston will deliver opening remarks on Beat's Young Ambassador experiences and share spoken word poetry penned by Ambassadors.
10:15 Social Media and Body Image
Dr Petya Eckler, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde
10:35 The 'Transitions Project' - a partnership between NHS Lothian and Beat
- What project the project was: 3 prong approach. An online teaching tool for professionals, peer support and helpfinder
- What went into development of online teaching tool
- Impact of teaching tool – its success
- New project funded by Scottish Government: Cared - Supporting parents & carers during early stages of treatment with their loved one
Sarah J Taylor, Research Nurse, NHS Lothian
10:55 Questions and Discussion
11:10 Refreshments and Networking
11:35 Session 2: Young People and Eating Disorders
11:35 The Role of Education in Recovering from an Eating Disorder
- The school experience and mental wellbeing
- The learning experience and attainment
- Effective transitions
Lorna Quickfall, Head Teacher, Huntercombe Hospital, Edinburgh
11:55 'Seen But Not Heard' - CAPS Independent Advocacy Eating Disorders Project
- Background information on the collective advocacy eating disorders project at CAPS Independent Advocacy.
- The benefits of being involved in collective advocacy for someone with an eating disorder.
- 'Spilling the Beans' - a short film produced by CAPS along with volunteers in the project with lived experience, which is being used to raise awareness amongst young people
Niamh Allen, Collective Advocacy Worker, CAPS Independent Advocacy
12:30 Beat Young Ambassador Ballari Conner will share will share her experiences with school and support.
12:40 Questions and Discussion
13.00 Lunch and Networking
13:55 Session 3: Access to Services and Promoting Recovery
13:55 Access to Services and Promoting Recovery
Sara Preston, Senior National Officer (Scotland), BEAT
14:15 The Experience of Men and Boys with Eating Disorders
Sam Thomas, Founder and Director, Men Get Eating Disorders Too
14:35 Beat Young Ambassador Amanda Woodrow will share her experiences regarding overcoming an eating disorder and the journey since recovery.
14:50 Questions and Discussion
15:15 Closing Remarks from Chair
15:20 Close of Event