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Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand - EDANZ

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Description

EDANZ is an incorporated society established to provide support and education for parents and caregivers of people with eating disorders.

Programmes

Eating Disorder Support Network & Resources

Programme Areas

Self help/ helpline, Mental health

Programme Type

Helpline / self-help - mental health, Peer / advocacy / group / family whanau support, Eating disorders, Training - mental health

Regions

All of New Zealand

Age Groups

Child, Youth, Adult, Older adult

Referral Types

Self referral

Referral Process

We provide a helpline 0800 2 EDANZ and website support.

You can call our helpline anytime and you will usually reach our answerphone. Leave a brief message, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Description

Eating disorders are complex and difficult to treat, with the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

But there is hope: eating disorders are treatable and full recovery is possible. EDANZ provides hope, information, support and resources to people supporting a loved one with an eating disorder.

EDANZ goals

  • Provide support, information, and resources for carers of people with eating disorders.
  • Educate doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working with eating disorder patients
  • Improve awareness and understanding of eating disorders in the community

A Support Network
If you're caring for someone with an eating disorder, you can access support by calling or emailing EDANZ, or by coming along to one of our support group get-togethers.

Get in touch for a chat with a volunteer, to find a support group in your area, or to connect with other carers near you.

Information and Resources
We recommend that you learn as much about eating disorders as you can. The more you know, the better equipped you'll be to help your loved one to recover from the illness. Misinformation and myths abound but credible, quality information and resources are available online. We also have a range of books that we recommend, sell or may be able to lend you.

Check out our online resources and book list now.

Education
There are a lot of myths and misunderstanding around eating disorders that make recovery much more difficult. We provide information for health professionals, parents, schools, and community groups working with eating disorder patients. This includes delivering presentations to medical students, hospital staff, and various parent, school and community groups around the country.

If you'd like to arrange for EDANZ to provide education for an organisation or community group, get in touch.

Advocacy
We work closely with clinicians at New Zealand's three eating disorder treatment centres. A key focus is on educating GPs, nurses and others working with people who are vulnerable. We print and distribute a number of informative booklets for medical professionals and caregivers . These booklets, produced by FEAST, are also available in PDF format for you to print.

Hours

You can call our helpline anytime and you will usually reach our answerphone. Leave a brief message, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Fees

All services are free of charge.

Donations are welcomed.

Staff

EDANZ is a registered charity run by volunteers.

We all have personal experience in the process of recovery from an eating disorder - either as parents, caregivers or recovered patients.

Website

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 12:47PM on April 30, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand - EDANZ.