Eat­ing dis­or­ders ser­vice

New help avail­able for those in need

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­news.com.au

RES­I­DENTS now have ac­cess to a new com­mu­nity-based eat­ing dis­or­ders ser­vice through Sun­shine Coast Hospi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

The ser­vice will pro­vide help and of­fer treat­ment ad­vice to res­i­dents, gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers, med­i­cal and men­tal health clin­i­cians across com­mu­nity set­tings within the SCHHS area.

A Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity Hospi­tal pa­tient, who prefers to re­main anony­mous, en­cour­ages those strug­gling to reach out.

“Any­one can suf­fer from an eat­ing dis­or­der, of any shape, size, age, weight and race – the dis­or­der doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate,” she said.

“You don’t have to look a cer­tain way to be suf­fer­ing men­tally.

“Ev­ery­one who goes through this is de­serv­ing of treat­ment and re­cov­ery.

“The dis­or­der al­ready con­vinces us that we are not sick enough to get bet­ter, but I im­plore you to reach out, it’s OK to get help.”

Clin­i­cal nurse con­sul­tant for the eat­ing dis­or­ders ser­vice Jo­ce­lyn Cul­pitt said it would pro­vide con­sumers 18 and older the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a spe­cial­ist con­sul­ta­tion clinic for as­sess­ment and if re­quired in­di­vid­ual ther­apy ses­sions.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there is an in­creas­ing need for this type of ser­vice be­cause the num­ber of peo­ple af­fected by an eat­ing dis­or­der is trend­ing up­ward each year,” Ms Cul­pitt said.

Eat­ing dis­or­ders are ab­nor­mal pat­terns of eat­ing and ex­er­cis­ing that se­verely in­ter­fere with a per­son’s ev­ery­day life.

“The good news is, there are ev­i­dence-based ther­a­pies that are ef­fec­tive in treat­ing a per­son with an eat­ing dis­or­der and we will be of­fer­ing these as a part of our ser­vice,” Ms Cul­pitt said.

“Our ad­vice to loved ones and friends would be to sup­port the per­son to get help as soon as they can.

“Eat­ing dis­or­ders are very chal­leng­ing and for those of us who don’t have one, very dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand and re­late to. It can be lonely and shame­ful and it is im­por­tant that we let the per­son know that help is out there and they don’t have to do this on their own.”

■ For more in­for­ma­tion, speak to a GP or the Sun­shine Coast Men­tal Health Ser­vice on 5459 6900. If you or a loved one need sup­port Life­line 13 11 14 or be­yond­blue 1300 224 636 are also avail­able.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HELP AVAIL­ABLE: Com­mu­nity-based ser­vice help­ing peo­ple with eat­ing dis­or­ders.

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