Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Episode 61: The Intersection of Faith and Mental Health with Kelsey

Kelsey

Episode description: 

Kelsey is a pediatric registered nurse working on her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing. In this episode of Peace Meal, she shares her eating disorder and recovery story, including the impact of her faith and her college environment on her experiences of illness and recovery. 

Though Kelsey had seen many medical providers growing up, she says her relationship with food long went unquestioned. She had concerns about her eating but struggled in silence for years. She didn’t yet have the language to name her disordered eating, often describing her anxiety and stress more generally instead. She faced barriers getting help in college—a stressful environment already—but only found lasting support after an interaction at church. A person of faith, Kelsey turned to her pastor, who told her that her illness required professional support. Prayers alone would not heal her. After being connected with new resources, she says she became honest with her secrets with her family and made a “no more lying” rule with her parents. Her sister and niece were also strong motivations to help her recover and to model and practice body positivity. Kelsey leaves us with insight and hope for college students, people of faith, or anyone struggling with an eating disorder. 

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Episode 59: Choosing Recovery with Kathryn

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​​Kathryn is a 31-year-old woman who enjoys cooking, hosting friends, teaching music, and getting lost in nature. Best known for her big heart and passion for life, she lives in a larger body and advocates for people to take up more space. Kathryn joins us in this episode of Peace Meal to share her eating disorder story, including how living in a larger body has impacted her recovery. 

For over 20 years, food was the center of Kathryn’s life. She kept trying to figure out what was happening on her own, blaming herself for her struggles. After talking with the people closest to her, she decided to seek help even though she didn’t have a lot of hope that anything would work. 

As soon as Kathryn reached out for help, however, she says it felt like a “warm hug.” In speaking with an eating disorder specialist, she discovered that she did, in fact, have an illness. It was not her fault. While she experienced many barriers throughout her recovery living in a larger body, she grew to learn that all food is good food and that you should take up as much space as you need. With the support of her treatment team, friends, and family, she learned how to take care of herself, live as the most authentic version of herself, and make sure all her needs are met.

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How to Support Your Child Returning to School With An Eating Disorder

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As a parent, you just want the best for your child. You would do anything for them. And when they are struggling or in pain, it is likely that what you want to do most is to simply make the problem go away.

While parents and families cannot “fix” an eating disorder any more than they can fix another illness, they can take an active role in a child’s recovery. In fact, support from loved ones is integral to the healing process. As your family transitions back to school this year, there are several things you, as a parent, can do to support your child’s recovery. In this blog, we’ll cover some challenges commonly experienced by students with eating disorders and provide strategies for parents supporting them in recovery.

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Eating Disorders Don’t Take A Summer Vacation

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For many, summertime means vacations, long, warm days, and a much-appreciated break from school or work. It is a season of sunshine and recreation. For the millions of people with an eating disorder, however, summer often means something much more difficult than carefree leisure and freedom.

As the school year ends and summer approaches, now is the time to plan for and address the common challenges facing people with eating disorders during the summer. In this article, we discuss some key factors that make this season difficult for those affected by these illnesses and describe how providers and loved ones can help to connect them with support.

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Support for Families

You always have our support

It’s vital to have a strong support system when undergoing eating disorder treatment. Our free community events are places where you can connect with other individuals and families going through similar experiences. Join us to learn about eating disorders, share stories, and find hope for recovery.

Recovery Nights

Join us for Recovery Night

Hear speakers share their personal stories of dedication and perseverance on the road to recovery from eating disorders. Speakers include Emily Program staff, former clients, and community members. Recovery Night is free and open to the public; anyone is invited to attend, including clients, support people, and the community. We know healing is not an easy journey but you can find hope here. Find the Recovery Night schedule below.

Minnesota

MINNESOTA

St. Paul – Como (6:30 PM CT):

2265 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Upcoming dates: Currently on hold

St. Paul Adolescent & Young Adult – Toogood (6:00 PM CT):

2230 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Upcoming dates: Currently on hold

Washington

WASHINGTON

Seattle (6:00-7:30 PM PT):

1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109  

Upcoming dates: 

Recovery Night: Expert Series Open Forum on Holidays and Sweets (Virtual event):
Oct. 20th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PT. Join us via Zoom.

Share your recovery story

Your experience on the path to recovery can inspire others and affirm that there is hope. If you are willing to share your recovery story in a genuine and honest way, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

St. Paul (Como), MN

Molly McCann
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1166

Seattle, WA

Kristen Myers
1-888-364-5977 ext. 1806

ED 101: Understanding Eating Disorders, Treatment, and Recovery

We know how overwhelming an eating disorder diagnosis can be for families and friends. The terminology. The process. The uncertainties. Share an evening with us to learn about eating disorders, our personalized treatment programs, and the path to recovery. Our knowledgeable staff at The Emily Program answer common concerns of families and friends facing eating disorder issues for the first time. You’ll leave with valuable resources and a better understanding of this serious mental health issue. We recommend family and friends who are new to eating disorders attend this session at least once before joining a Family & Friends Support Group for a better experience in the group.

Virtual Event: Free Eating Disorders 101, Hosted by Gretchen Coleman, MS, RD, CD, Dietitian at our Seattle outpatient location: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT.

Upcoming dates: Nov. 11th, Dec. 9th. Join us via Zoom. 

Virtual Event: Free Eating Disorders 101, Hosted by Lauren Silberstein, Ph.D., L.P, Psychologist at our St. Paul outpatient location: 4th Thursday every other month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. CT.

Upcoming dates: Oct. 28th, Dec. 23rd. Join us via Zoom.

 

Free Family & Friends Sessions

The Emily Program offers free evening Family and Friends Support Groups open to the public. No need to register; just drop in. (Please note: This group is intended for family and friends providing support to loved ones with an eating disorder. If you are a client or potential client, please attend our ED 101 or Recovery Night events if you would like to learn more.)

Virtual Event: Friends and Family Night, Hosted by Melissa Harmon, MA, LMHC, Clinical Manager at our Seattle outpatient location: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT.

Upcoming dates: Nov. 4th, Dec. 2nd. Join us via Zoom.

And: Oct. 21st, Nov. 18th, Dec. 16th. Join us via Zoom. 

 

"Emily Program Experts" Recovery Series

These community-based discussions around recovery are led by clinicians from The Emily Program.

Washington

WASHINGTON

Seattle (6:00-7:30 PM PT):

1700 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98109  

Recovery Night: Expert Series Open Forum on Holiday and Sweets (Virtual event)Oct. 20th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PT. Join us via Zoom.

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    Three Ways To Help A Friend With An Eating Disorder

    Take our Eating Disorder Assessment Quiz

    Our Eating Disorder Assessment Quiz takes just a few minutes. It’s a simple tool that helps you to see whether or not you should be concerned. Take the quiz.

    Talk with your friend

    Your friend’s health is more important than keeping secrets or shying away from talking to their family. Share your concerns. Be prepared to provide examples of behaviors that alerted you to the problem. And offer the next step—tell your friend to call us at 1-888-364-5977 or show your friend our website to start the journey to healthy living.

    Learn more about eating disorders

    We invite family and friends to attend our support nights so you can learn how to play an important role in your friend’s recovery.

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