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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 caring for a loved one experiencing an eating disorder.
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?
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We asked Australians to share their experiences as carers of someone experiencing an eating disorder. 
Here’s what we found:

Alarm  Over 40% of carers didn't seek support for themselves 
Alarm  Almost 64% of carers acknowledge that they would benefit from psychological support 

Alarm  Top four reasons for not accessing support were: 
            - I don't have time
            - I am unaware of support in my area
            - Support services are costly
            - I find it difficult to reach out for support

Alarm  83% of respondents have highlighted the impact on their mental health 

Alarm  76% impacted their physical sleep, 76% impacted relationships, 71% impacted social life 

Alarm  63% of carers would be interested in connecting with other carers who are going through a similar experience 


Read the media release

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 ›