Local NHS team launches new eating disorders website
A team of eating disorder specialists from local mental health Trust CWP have launched CreatingHopeTogether.com – a brand new website providing information and online resources for people with an eating disorder, their families, healthcare professionals and the wider general public.
The new site, developed by clinical experts in Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) Eating Disorder Service, contains a number of inventive and creative features designed to support people with an eating disorder. This includes a dedicated ‘Cook-Along’ video page to help the viewer plan and prepare nutritious meals, with advice around how to reduce anxiety when preparing and eating food. There is also a ‘Sanctuary’ area, providing a variety of ideas for days out, crafts, games and relaxation techniques.
Dr Matthew Cahill, CWP Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders, said: “Eating disorders can often take over entire lives, and the lives of those close to the sufferer. More often than not, the things that were previously very important to the sufferer such as family, friends, hobbies, school or work get neglected as the eating disorder takes over.
CreatingHopeTogether.com contains clear and simple information that will help visitors better understand what they or their loved ones are going through, while also providing valuable and innovative resources that can help people begin their journey to recovery.”
CreatingHopeTogether.com also provides information about CWP’s local services available to people in the region, and wider resources aimed specifically to help professionals in the industry. The launch of the site coincides with national Eating Disorder Awareness Week (21-27 Feb).
Studies show that over 1.6 million people in the UK are estimated to be directly affected by eating disorders. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates among psychiatric disorders.
Health care costs for eating disorders in England have been estimated as £80-100m with overall economic cost likely to be more than £1.26 bn per year.