Sock It to Eating Disorders
26/02/2018 - 04/03/2018
Dig out your brightest, boldest socks this Eating Disorders Awareness Week and help Beat provide support, tackle barriers to desperately needed treatment, and challenge the stigma. By wearing your socks at your workplace, school, or university and donating to Beat, you play a vital role in ending pain and suffering. It’s that simple.
Eating disorder sufferers face an average wait of three and a half years for specialist treatment. During that time, by far the longest gap came between symptoms first emerging and people recognising these as an eating disorder. Almost as much time went by between this realisation and people taking the step to ask for help from their GP. By raising awareness of the early signs, and showing that sufferers need and deserve help, you can make a real difference.
We know that the sooner someone gets help, the faster they can recover, lessening the impact on their life, family and future.
Beat provides training to help GPs and teachers spot the early signs and symptoms, and empowers them with the knowledge to support someone who is unwell. Our essential Helplines and online support groups give sufferers and their loved ones a place to feel listened to and supported – and it’s only possible because of fundraisers like you.
And while wearing your wackiest socks is fantastic, you can take it one step further with a:
- Sponsored silly sock walk
- Sports or dance class
- Dinner party
- Bake sale or coffee morning
- Matched funding programme through your workplace
These are great ways to boost your fundraising and have even more fun. The more we raise, the more lives we can change.
“You really have made my first step to recovery that little bit easier. Thank you so very much.” Youthline caller.
“Without the support of Beat, things would have been much harder.”