Eating Disorders, Mental Health

Call for #EDAW15 Volunteers: Eating Disorders and Occupational Therapy Q&A’s

Last year, @pd2ot and I hosted an #OTalk tweetchat about occupational therapy and eating disorders for Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#EDAW14). We had 63 participants, and tweets from the chat made 659,387 impressions.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a chance to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders, challenge stereotypes and stigmas and raise funds for Beat.

This year, Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#EDAW15) will run from Monday 23rd February – Sunday 1st March 2015. To coincide with this, we will be hosting another #OTalk on Tuesday 24th February.

Acknowledging the fast pace of tweetchats and challenge of fitting complex answers into 140 characters, we’re looking for volunteers with eating disorders experience (clinical or personal) to:

  1. Answer questions from last year’s chat, and any leading up to this year’s chat, to be collated on this Storify (submissions can be anomymous), and/or
  2. Be available from 8-9pm GMT on Tuesday 24th February to respond to questions on the #OTalk hashtag

If you’re interested, please leave me a comment below.

If anyone has new questions relating to occupational therapy and eating disorders, please add them in the comments below too.

Here are last year’s questions (you can also find them on the Storify, along with their answers so far):

@GeekyOT how occupation can help, where does ED sit in terms of affective or psychosis disorders (for want of a better word) #OTalk — Rachel (@OT_rach) February 18, 2014

.@GeekyOT I’d like to understand what an occupational approach to working with people with an ED looks like in practice #otalk 1/2 — Kirsty Elf Stanley (@kirstyes) February 18, 2014

It has made me think though, has working in ED changed your thoughts/feelings/perceptions of your own body in a +ve/-ve way? #OTalk — Lucie Greenham (@JeSuisLucie) February 18, 2014

3 thoughts on “Call for #EDAW15 Volunteers: Eating Disorders and Occupational Therapy Q&A’s”

  1. I have used DBT as a model in the acute setting and have found it effective with managing those immediate negative feelings associated with ED (frustration, anxiety, loss of control). It has really allowed patients to regain and acknowledge feelings in the present so that they may address how to handle those feelings outside of treatment in the future.

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