Eating disorders service
New help available for those in need
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.
HELP AVAILABLE: Community-based service helping people with eating disorders.