It’s vital that people with eating disorders get treatment as quickly as possible to have the best chance of a full and sustained recovery. However, there are often long delays between the symptoms of an eating disorder emerging and treatment starting, as well as long waiting lists for treatment. Many people are seeking help when their illness is still highly treatable, but not receiving it until later, making the illness more costly to treat and the likely outcome more negative.
With people waiting three-and-a-half years on average between symptoms of an eating disorder emerging and treatment starting, we want to see the Government commit to taking action that empowers sufferers to get help early.
We recently launched our research “Delaying for years, denied for months”, which looks at the impact of delayed treatment, in Parliament. We are calling on the Government to take action on the key findings. In particular, we are asking all MPs to raise the need for action that empowers eating disorder sufferers to get help early with the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP.
In just one minute, you can tweet your MP, asking them to support action that empowers eating disorder sufferers to get help early. You can do this using the hashtag #endthewait
In three minutes, you can send a letter to your Member of Parliament, bringing this issue to their attention and calling on them to support the campaign. If you are comfortable to do so, please personalise the letter by sharing your own experiences. This can make a massive difference in helping your MP to understand the issue more fully, and see the impact it has on those living in their area.
If you’ve got a little longer, why not ask your Member of Parliament if they will meet with you to discuss the issue further? Face-to-face meetings can have a huge impact and really help to convey personal experience and your passion for the cause. The Beat Campaigns Team can support you every step of the way, and staff may even be able to attend the meeting with you. Our Campaigns Toolkit has some helpful tips about writing to and meeting with your local MP.