This year, the Sandwell Adult Eating Disorder Team and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Primary Mental Health Development Team are joining forces to raise awareness of eating disorders and encourage young people to develop a more holistic sense of self. Promotional work in schools and colleges will give information about eating disorders and also promote the Foresight Report’s ‘5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing’: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.
This year’s awareness raising initiative will see Michael Callaghan (CAMHS Primary Mental Health Development Team) and Claire Hepburn (Adult Eating Disorders Team) delivering information sessions across educational venues in Sandwell.
The incidence of eating disorder clients presenting to Sandwell CAMHS has increased threefold since 2008, and national figures suggest that children now account for 1 in 3 eating disorder hospital admissions. Prevention initiatives are all the more important given this trend, particularly those that emphasise positive change and personal development.
The joint initiative will allow greater opportunities to support clients with eating disorders across the age range. And next year the team look forward to joining with the Wolverhampton teams to deliver an Eating Disorder Awareness brief.