Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association (SWEDA) believe that young people deserve to start adulthood feeling good about themselves. We know that problems that begin in childhood and adolescence can lead to a lifetime of mental health problems. SWEDA provides support to clients of all ages and genders who have struggled with poor body image for their entire lives. They want to expand their preventative work and address what they feel is an epidemic of poor body image among young people. SWEDA is one of very few specialist Eating Disorder charities across the UK, and recognises that body image is intimately linked with eating disorders in a significant majority of cases. Further, they recognise that a negative body image can lead to poor mental health especially in young people.
How Do SWEDA Support People With Eating Disorders?
Eating disorders are serious psychiatric illnesses that require specialist treatment. SWEDA’s primary aims are to intervene early to avoid an eating disorder becoming entrenched, and to support people while they recover. SWEDA’s specialist eating disorders service is based around therapeutic 1:1 sessions, with a qualified and experienced team of professional volunteers who will work with those with an eating disorder to understand and help change current and future behaviours. SWEDA is a user-influenced, pro-recovery, eating disorders charity who’s interventions are based on self-help. Their approach, which has been developed and proven over a 29-year period, enables and empowers people to live a fulfilled healthy life.
SWEDA is unique as it is one of only a handful of charities across the country and the ONLY eating disorders charity in Somerset providing preventative and recovery focused support, and an alternative and complementary provision to the NHS.
- Their vision is to support everyone affected by eating disorders across Somerset.
- Their mission is to engage with people affected by eating disorders, including family, friends, and carers, by offering hope and enabling access to support services to empower recovery.
They also provide training to GP’s, other medical professionals, school staff, independent schools, counsellors and health care staff. They deliver awareness sessions to young people in youth groups, fresher fairs, residential supported homes, colleges, and local schools.
How You Can Support SWEDA
The 1st of March 2021 marks the start of Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and we are delighted to be supporting SWEDA in our charity poll this month. You can help them to win 20% of our March profits by voting for them today!
Find out more about the charity by visiting http://www.swedauk.org/.