When a child is ill with anorexia or bulimia the whole family suffers; every meal becomes a battleground, and the basics of mothering – including feeding your child to keep them alive – get disrupted.
At Noon we understand what that feels like.
During lockdown there has been a four-fold increase in the number of adolescents with eating disorders. That statistic reveals a huge swell of human suffering.
We know how important it is for parents to be the rock their floundering teens need to push and fight against. We need to withstand the blows and be endlessly loving and supportive; to hold the hope and light on the way so they can recover.
Who is the Eating Disorders Connect for?
- Are you worried that your child might have an eating disorder?
- Are you coping with an active eating disorder in your family?
- Have food and mealtimes become a battleground?
Eating Disorders Connect can help.
It’s a lonely and stressful time for parents. The normal people you might confide in are often off limits because of the child’s privacy. For many it is just too grim, too sad, too frightening and depressing to want to share the experience. Many parents endure it in stoical lonely silence.
This is a shame, as hearing about the stories, coping techniques, wins and losses of others going through the same kind of hell is hugely helpful and comforting. Expert advice is also useful.
Too often the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) process is fraught and the child is the focus. Noon wants to provide a supportive place for parents.
That is why one of our very first Connect online support groups is for parents of teens with eating disorders. The groups – led by a qualified therapist – are a place to get the answers and support you aren’t getting elsewhere. They are charged at a rate of £50 per hour-long session.
How it works
Each group will consist of no more than 10 participants and will be led by a qualified psychotherapist who specialises in eating disorders. You will log in to a Zoom session which will be led by a Noon expert.
We will be liaising with you directly to form groups which work in terms of timings: this might be lunchtime (for those at work) or evenings. But we’d like to hear what you would prefer.
If you’re interested in being part of this group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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