This is NIED

About NIED – the National Initiative for Eating Disorders.

NIED was launched in 2012 in Toronto, Canada. We have become the voice for Canadian families, caregivers and individuals who are suffering with Eating Disorders and other comorbid and concurrent diagnoses.

Eating Disorders kill sufferers, bankrupt families and destroy relationships. They deserve the same respect, support, treatment, funding, research and parity as every other physical and mental health illness in Canada.

NIED strives to create Awareness, Understanding and Action through, among other initiatives, free educational symposia presented by expert and experienced clinicians, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, dieticians, nutritionists and alternative therapists.

NIED is the catalyst uniting stakeholders across the country to collaborate and work together to address the gaps in current services, delays in treatment, lack of pan-Canadian data, and insufficient training for clinicians and healthcare professionals. All of which have impeded resources, research, funding and available treatment options in Canada.

NIED has brought Eating Disorders to the attention of governments at both the provincial and federal levels. NIED strives to ensure that Eating Disorders are acknowledged and included in mental health discussions, policies, mental health organizations, programs, decisions and campaigns.

NIED Accomplishments – February 2012 – Present

NIED has emerged as a progressive, dynamic and growing national collective voice for those Canadians and their families affected by Eating Disorders. NIED has taken a proactive leadership role actively promoting education, collaborating with community groups, doctors, nutritionists, psychologists, schools, social workers and like- minded organizations.

The following represents some of NIED’s accomplishments to date:

- February 11, 2018. NIED hosted our 6th annual Honouring the Journey event to recognize the groups of people who embody the spirit of the journey. This year’s event introduced personal stories to bring the theme of It Takes a Village vividly to life.

- February 6, 2018. Members of the NIED team attended an event in the Speakers’ Lounge on the Hill to inform, educate and acknowledge Feb 1-7 as Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) in Canada. The event was hosted by NIED, Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes, MP Michael Levitt, MP Marilyn Gladu and Senator Nancy Greene-Raine. Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau graciously recorded an opening video message of support and encouragement.  NIED was thrilled to have the following organizations join us:

Hopewell Eating Disorder Centre Ottawa, Alyssa Stevenson Eating Disorder Trust of Manitoba, Health Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, The Royal Ottawa, Public Health Ottawa, University Health Network of Toronto, Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Association of Social Workers, Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health, Emily Murphy Non Profit Housing Corporation, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, and the Youth Services Bureau.

-  November 2017 – NIED will have facilitated our 60th free symposium – many are live-streamed, gratefully provided by NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre).

-  August 2017 – NIED is a member of the National Collaborative for Suicide Preventionan important connection as suicide is the second cause of death for those with Eating Disorders. The Collaborative is co-chaired by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.

-  July 2017 – CMHA, the Canadian Mental Health Association, NEDIC and NIED partnered to acknowledge and support Eating Disorders Awareness Week in February 2018.

-  November 2017 – NIED will have facilitated our 60th free symposium – most of which are live-streamed gratefully provided by NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre).

-  August 2017 – NIED is a member of the National Collaborative for Suicide Prevention with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an important connection as suicide is the second cause of death for those with Eating Disorders.

-   July 2017 – CMHA, the Canadian Mental Health Association, NEDIC and NIED are partnering for Eating Disorders Awareness Week in February 2018.

-   June 2017- NIED is a member of ENRICHES, a collaborative who addresses the complex challenges facing caregivers. We are advocating for caregivers whose loved ones are challenged with Eating Disorders – not just providing care for seniors.

-   February/March 2017 – NIED’s Hand Knit Hope | Facebook  project delivered 100’s of knitted items donated to NIED to those with Eating Disorders at Sheena’s Place, Toronto General Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital, Ontario Shores, Hopewell, Ottawa and CHEO.

-  February 2017 – Eating Disorder Awareness Week event on Parliament Hill – co-hosted by a multi-party group of Parliamentarians: Assistant Speaker of the House of Commons, Carol Hughes; MP Michael Levitt (York Centre); MP Dr. Colin Carrie (Oshawa); and Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen – to urge federal officials to take action for better treatment, research, funding and awareness of these deadly mental illnesses. Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau attended, shared her story and encouraged action.

As a result, Deputy Speaker, Carol Hughes proposed a Motion  M-117:  “That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities towards the development of a coordinated Canadian strategy on eating disorders that fully respects jurisdictional authority and Quebec’s right to withdraw with compensation, and that will: (a) combat negative body image and improve awareness, research, and best practices for the treatment of eating disorders; (b) address the impact of weight-related anxiety on mental health; (c) encourage young people to develop critical thinking with regard to current standards of beauty in society; (d) reduce social prejudices about weight; (e) promote (i) early detection of eating disorders, in addition to increasing access to the full range of care required, (ii) adoption of best practices in treatment, based on research; (f) establish a central public registry that (i) collects information, statistics, and best practices in recognizing symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment from all provinces and territories, and provides the same to them as well, (ii) raises awareness about the prevalence of eating disorders in Canada; and (g) implement a robust eating-disorder research program”.

-  January 2017 – Coordinated first monthly conference call of 4 National Eating Disorder organizations – NIED, NEDIC, EDAC, EDFC to create a National Eating Disorder Strategy and steer? Working Committee Pillars – Prevention/Education, Treatment, Training (Early Diagnosis & Intervention), Promoting Change (Federally and Provincially) and Research.

- January 2017 –  Interview with NIED for Binge Eating Disorder Ad  that aired on CHCH,  CHEK,FDCN, HGTVC, SHOW and SLICE four minute story:  FacebookYouTube

-  December 2016 – Ad campaign, Toronto – Dundas Square, Gardiner Expressway and Downtown Underground Path along with editorial and an ad in Toronto Star’s Horizon Magazine:  Travel and Lifestyle Issue

- September 2016 – Hosted first national meeting in Winnipeg with representatives from across Canada to create the framework for a National Eating Disorder Strategy with Working Committees addressing 6 pillars:  Prevention, Treatment, Education (Awareness), Training (Early Diagnosis & Intervention), Promoting Change

- July 2016 – Conducted a national survey distributed to: Dieticians, Nutritionists, Primary Care Physicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Social Workers, Lived Experience, Parents and Caregivers.

- June 2016. NIED participated in the first ever World Eating Disorders Action Day. Over 200 partners and 40 countries joined together to help raise awareness for Eating Disorders on social media.

- Had multiple individual meetings on the Hill and provincially to educate and share our  mission to former and current MPs and MPPs.

- Met with MHCC-Mental Health Commission of Canada, CMHA-Canadian Mental Health Association, Stats Canada, CMA-Canadian Medical Association and the Chief Public Health Officer.

- Joined, and are an active member of CAMIMH – Canadian Alliance of Mental Illness and Mental Health, the only organization to represent Eating Disorders on mental health agendas.

- Ongoing collaboration with organizations such as; EDAC- Eating Disorders Association of Canada, NEDIC-National Eating Disorder Information Centre, BANA-Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association, F.E.A.S.T- Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders, Sheena’s Place, Danielle’s Place, Hope’s Garden, EDOYR – Eating Disorders of York Region, Looking Glass Foundation in BC, Hopewell – Ottawa, MDSC – Mood Disorder Society of Canada.

- Facilitated almost 60 FREE symposiums across the GTA and Ottawa, reaching 3,000 people looking for support/help/answers/understanding. Now live-streaming symposia to provide more support by reaching a broader audience.

- Held 5 anniversary “Honouring the Journey” events – an evening of Hope, Tribute, Inspiration and Celebration.

-  Coordinated Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) across the country.

- Initiated the Standing Committee on the Status of Women conducting a national study on Eating Disorders Amongst Girls and Women

- Ongoing interviews for Global TV with a parliamentary reporter, coverage in The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Rogers TV.

-  Working with Mood Disorder Society of Canada for a CME-Continuing Medical Education on Eating Disorders.

- October 2015 – Successfully organized an inaugural M.O.M March – Mothers And Others March against Eating Disorders, in 5 Provinces, 6 events with 300 people in attendance and 100’s more participating in a virtual march.

- March 2014 – Organized a meeting day at Queen’s Park, Toronto.

-  October, 2013 – Catalyst for a strategy planning meeting to create a National Eating Disorder Foundation.