I burst with pride to declare that my mom is the founder of the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED). Over the past 2 years the NIED team has touched thousands of lives with monthly free symposiums,countless hours talking to frantic parent, 3 trips to Ottawa where the NIED took over Parliment Hill to let it be known that eating disorders are just as deadly as cancer and therefor the government "NIEDS" to step up and listen. Then act. Fast.There needs to be a national strategy to tackle eating disorders as fiercely as any disease. Canada needs to follow the steps the US has traced to make treatment centers and eating disorder support widely available to all sufferers: children, adults, females and males.
Fact: there are 4,100 Psychiatrists in Canada. Only 12 specialize in eating disorders. TWELVE!
Fact: Across Ontario there are only TWENTY adult inpatient hospital beds for eating disorders. There are hundreds and thousands of sufferers. The waiting lists to get into one of these 20 beds are atrocious. People die waiting for help.
NIED is a not-for-profit organization that is running on "love and fresh air". Which means my parents pay out of pocket for monthly symposiums, trips back to Parliment Hill in Ottawa, and willingly driving anywhere to do Eating Disorder talks and panels for schools, Universities, other organizations, etc. My mom works above and beyond 40 hours a week doing work for NIED. It is her full time job and she doesn't get paid for any of it. To her, the reward of helping families effected by eating disorders is payment enough.Thats how devoted, passionate and tireless she is.
Any donation to NIED would be so appreciate to enable NIED to continue educating, supporting, and spreading awareness across the country.
xoxoxo Amy xoxoxox