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did you know 1 in 3 people have had to into debt to treat their eating disorder that's alarming

Help us raise the alarm on the crippling cost of eating disorders this MAY.

the   alarm   has   been   raised
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MAYDAYS for Eating Disorders is Butterfly's annual awareness and advocacy campaign which takes place nationally throughout the month of MAY. Each year, our campaign draws on the experiences of Australians to highlight key concerns relating to eating disorders, and calls for change!
This year, Butterfly conducted a consultative survey asking Australians to share their experiences on the cost of treating eating disorders, and the results were alarming! 
Check out the results of the survey and resources below.
Butterfly’s mission is for all Australians affected by eating disorders to be able to access treatment regardless of their location or income. 
Will you join us on this mission?


We asked Australians to share their experiences on the cost of treating eating disorders.
Here’s what we found.

Alarm  1 in 3 people had to go into debt in order to treat their eating disorder
Alarm  68% of people had to borrow funds from a family member in order to treat their eating disorder
Alarm  40% of individuals couldn’t complete studies or qualifications
Alarm  78% of carers lost work or study hours in order to provide support
Alarm  55% of individuals lost work or study hours
Alarm  1 in 4 had to forego basic needs for a period of time
Alarm  14.4% of people had to change their housing arrangements
        - Behind in rent
        - Staying with friends or family
        - Re-mortgaged their house
Alarm  58% of people had a hospital admission, with access to services and cost playing a part in this
Alarm  1 in 4 people had to delay or stop treatment
Alarm  100% of people wanted to get better, at any cost


Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

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. ›

Concerned parents & carers

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 & Professionals Working with Young People

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 ›