MEDIA

2018

NIED #getsloud about caregivers for Mental Health Week – May 7-13, 2018
Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NIED2018 to complete the 2018 Caregivers Needs Assessment Survey.

The caregivers of people suffering from mental illness are unsung heroes. They are integral to the health and well-being of such people, and yet, little if any attention has been focused on their needs.

In recognition of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) #getloud campaign, during Mental Health Week (May 7 to 13, 2018), the National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) will shine a light on caregivers of individuals suffering from Eating Disorders. NIED initiated and collaborated with the Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC), the Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada (EDFC) and the National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC) to develop a National online Caregivers Needs Assessment Survey with a view to providing greater insight into the social and economic impact of caring for a person affected by an Eating Disorder.

The Caregivers Needs Assessment Survey seeks to add caregivers’ insights into the treatment of Eating Disorders, by working with a wide-range of caregivers – those with lived experience, professionals, clinicians and other stakeholders, to improve health and social outcomes for all those affected by Eating Disorders.

NIED is focused on strengthening existing social support programs for caregivers of people affected by Eating Disorders (such as home care, community care and mental health services). By building on existing programs from Canada and internationally, NIED is striving to design universal programs that are accessible to all Canadian caregivers. Full results of the survey will be released in October during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).

The founder of NIED, Wendy Preskow states, “I started NIED because our daughter has been suffering with anorexia and bulimia for 18 years – more than half her life. As parents and caregivers, we do everything possible 24/7 – physically, emotionally and financially to help our daughter and it is never enough. The tremendous toll it takes on caregivers is unrelenting and all-consuming.”

One in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illness or addiction. Eating Disorders are serious mental illnesses associated with substantial medical complications and have the highest death rate of all mental illnesses. Eating Disorders affect up to 70 million people globally, including people of all genders, ages, racial and ethnic identities, nationalities and socioeconomic backgrounds. An estimated 1 million Canadians meets the diagnostic criteria for an Eating Disorder.

NIED’s mission is to increase awareness and knowledge of Eating Disorders as treatable, biological, mental health illnesses and decrease the stigma and discrimination against sufferers.

Join us May 7 to 13 during Mental Health Week as NIED “gets loud” about the needs of caregivers of individuals suffering from Eating Disorders. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NIED2018 to complete the 2018 Caregivers Needs Assessment Survey. To find out more about CMHA’s Mental Health Week’s #getloud campaign, please visit getloud.mentalhealthweek.ca.

 

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 in Canada.

Click here to view Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s special video message to attendees of NIED’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2018 event on the Hill. Once again, we thank Madame Grégoire Trudeau for her heartfelt and inspiring support.

The event was hosted by NIED, Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes, MP Michael Levitt, MP Marilyn Gladu and Senator Nancy Greene-Raine.  The Speaker of the House of Commons, Geoff Regan, shown here with Alex Macri and Lynne Koss from NIED, graciously opened the Speakers’ Lounge to NIED for the event. 

L-R Back Row: Dr. Blake Woodside, Medical Director Emeritus, Program for Eating Disorders, Toronto General Hospital, Mark Ferdinand - NIED, Hilary Allen - NIED, Suzanne Phillips - National Eating Disorder Information Centre, Rick Stevenson - Alyssa Stevenson Trust Fund, Lynne Koss - NIED, MP Marilyn Gladu. L-R Front: Alex Macri - NIED, Michelle D'Amico - NIED, Wendy Preskow, Founder - NIED, Elaine Stevenson - Alyssa Stevenson Trust Fund, MP Julie Dabrusin and Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes.

L-R Back Row: Dr. Blake Woodside, Medical Director Emeritus, Program for Eating Disorders, Toronto General Hospital, Mark Ferdinand – NIED, Hilary Allen – NIED, Suzanne Phillips – National Eating Disorder Information Centre, Rick Stevenson – Alyssa Stevenson Trust Fund, Lynne Koss – NIED, MP Marilyn Gladu. L-R Front: Alex Macri – NIED, Michelle D’Amico – NIED, Wendy Preskow, Founder – NIED, Elaine Stevenson – Alyssa Stevenson Trust Fund, MP Julie Dabrusin and Deputy Speaker Carol Hughes.

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.

Thank you all for making our 15th visit to the Hill so special, inspiring and memorable!

 

2017

On November 28, 2017, at the CAMH Difference Makers (Ontario honourees) event, NIED founder Wendy Preskow was introduced as one of 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health (out of over 3,700 nominees!).  Click here to view an image from the event. Shown left to right are: Lynn Koss, co-founder, NIED, Jim Treliving, Chairman, Boston Pizza and National Co-Chair, CAMH Difference Makers, Wendy Preskow, founder of NIED and CAMH Difference Maker, Chris Summerville, Executive Director, Manitoba Schizophrenia Society.

Wendy is shown here on the right, next to Sandi Treliving, Director, CAMH Foundation and National Co-Chair, CAMH Difference Makers.

 

On October 29, 2017, NIED founder Wendy Preskow was one of 15 recipients of the York Centre  Service to Country & Community Award, presented by MP Michael Levitt. Click here to view an image from the awards presentation.

 

NIED founder and chief advocate, Wendy Preskow, is one of 25 Volunteer Toronto 2017 Legacy Award recipients for outstanding contributions to the community. Click here to view the Legacy Award winners.

 

Click here to read the Parliament Needs To Address Eating Disorders statement made to the House of Commons, by Ms. Carol Hughes (MP, Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing), on February 8, 2017.

 

Click here to view the Press Release on MMP Teresa Armstrong’s introduction of a bill in the Ontario Legislature to proclaim the first week of February each year as Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Ontario.

 

2012 -2016

Click here to view the Statement on Eating Disorders made to the House of Commons, by Ms. Yasmin Ratansi (MP, Don Valley East), on November 23, 2016.

 

Click here to read the Statement on Eating Disorders made to the House of Commons, by Mr. Doug Eyolfson (MP, Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia—Headingley), on October 4, 2016.

 

Click here to view Steve Clark (MPP, Leeds—Grenville) delivering a Statement on Eating Disorders in the Queen’s Park Legislature, October 27, 2015.

 

Click here to view the Queen’s Park Press Gallery presentation by NIED founder Wendy Preskow, Dr. Blake Woodside and Amy Preskow. October 27, 2015.

Click here to view a video of NIED’s M.O.M. March, Queen’s Park, Toronto, October 27, 2015.

 

Click here to view former MP Brad Butt (Mississauga–Streetsville) making a statement on Eating Disorders to the House of Commons, February 4, 2014.

 

Click here to listen to Wendy Preskow’s interview with Peter Shurman on CFRB Newstalk 1010, December 26, 2013.

 

Click here to view Dr Blake Woodside on CTV talking about the launch of the new National Eating Disorders Foundation on Friday, October 4, 2013.

 

Click here to view NIED’s news conference at Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen’s Park, February 4, 2013.

 

Click here to view NIED’s cause being taken up on the budget meeting.

 

Click here to see web article on Wendy Preskow’s selection as one of XX in Health’s 2013 Canadian Women Changing Health.