Right now, in Australia, you have about as much chance of winning the lottery as you do getting the right care for an eating disorder.
That's not because we don't know what is needed. With effective education, specialised treatment and ongoing support, eating disorders can be overcome.
Will you help us this Christmas?
Approximately one in every 27 Australians is estimated to have an eating disorder. The odds of being in the right place, at the right time, with the right services available to access treatment, are like winning the lottery.
An eating disorder is not a rare disease for which there is no known treatment. We are not waiting on a medical breakthrough or miracle cure.
We know what is needed for treatment but the resources are simply not there in our public health system.
For so many families, Butterfly is the only place they have to turn.
The first is our wide-reaching education programs for children and young people, for parents, teachers, and health professionals. Body image and self-esteem are huge issues for young people in Australia, and for some, they can also be precursors for eating disorders. Our educational programs challenge cultural ideas about weight and appearance, and help to build resilience and positive body esteem in young people.
The second is for our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), a specialised treatment service that is unique in Australia, and dedicated to helping those suffering from eating disorders recover.
Thirdly, people with eating disorders and their families need significant amounts of support and guidance, and our National Helpline EDHOPE provides information, insight, advice, counselling and referrals. People living with eating disorders, and their carers, can feel incredibly alone, and having someone to talk to, particularly over the Christmas period, can be the difference between coping and not coping.
Every donation helps us to reach more people and makes it much easier for someone with an eating disorder to get the help and care that they need. Please make your donation today, and help Butterfly continue to provide the education, treatment and support that can and does, change lives. We thank you for your support!
It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.
We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›
Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.
We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›
Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours. Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people.We have a range of advice & resources ›