Imagine experiencing a potentially life-threatening mental illness alone because you felt like you didn’t qualify for help? Imagine if the barrier was the way you looked? It’s hard to believe, but stereotypes about how eating disorders look are making life even harder for many of the people who have them.
There’s a common misconception that eating disorders have a specific ‘look’. The stark reality is that anyone irrespective of age, gender, sexuality, cultural background, or size can experience an eating disorder. They don’t discriminate.
This is something we need your help to change.
More than one million people living in Australia, or four per cent of the population, are living with eating disorders right now. But 75% of them won’t receive professional help. With the impact of COVID, this figure is believed to be even higher.
Mistaken beliefs and stigma can add shame and embarrassment, stopping people from seeking the support they urgently need. An ED Looks Like Me is tackling stereotypes, challenging the notion that eating disorders have an exclusive appearance, and raising much-needed funds to support all those affected.
That’s what Butterfly works towards every day. But there’s still a way to go and we need YOU to get there. Help us to grow and maintain our critical support services, along with our education, advocacy and awareness initiatives.
Butterfly recently commissioned a comprehensive report on existing community perceptions and stigma around body image and eating disorders. The research also looked at the enablers and barriers to receiving care and support.
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DONATE – Help Butterfly to support all people with eating disorders, including those we don’t typically recognise as being at risk. The more funding we have, the more we can help. Please support Butterfly TODAY by making a DONATION.
How your donations make a difference
FUNDRAISE – Hold a #AnEDLooksLikeMe fundraising event at home, at a venue, in a park, at your school or even your workplace to raise awareness and funds to support Butterfly’s important services to help all people with body image issues or eating disorders.
SUPPORTER PAGE – A simple way to show your support and get involved in Butterfly’s #AnEDLooksLikeMe campaign is to create a JustGiving supporter page to raise funds and awareness for Butterfly. You can set up a profile and include information about Butterfly and the campaign, why you have chosen to support us, photos, videos, event updates and keep a tally of how much you raise. Your supporter page can be easily shared among friends, family and work colleagues via social media for them to make donations to help reach your target.
SHOP MERCHANDISE – Purchase a gift or resources from our SHOP, with the proceeds going towards supporting people with eating disorders and body image concerns.
If you are interested in finding out more about our #AnEDLooksLikeMe campaign or our Support Services, please connect with the following people:
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