We asked Australians to share their experiences as carers of someone experiencing an eating disorder.
Here’s what we found:
Over 40% of carers didn't seek support for themselves
Almost 64% of carers acknowledge that they would benefit from psychological support
Top four reasons for not accessing support were:
- I don't have time
- I am unaware of support in my area
- Support services are costly
- I find it difficult to reach out for support
83% of respondents have highlighted the impact on their mental health
76% impacted their physical sleep, 76% impacted relationships, 71% impacted social life
63% of carers would be interested in connecting with other carers who are going through a similar experience
It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.
We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›
Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.
We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›
Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours. Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people.We have a range of advice & resources ›