An open letter regarding mental health
As care workers in mental health, and as empaths, we want you to know that we see you and we hear you. These times are unprecedented. We all know our worldwide pandemic created a crisis in the physical health field, but now we are seeing the crisis more clearly in mental health.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rates of any mental illness. It may seem alarming to begin with such a jarring statement, but we feel it’s important in any discussion of eating disorders, to always be clear and aware of their dangers.
Early intervention can be an essential step in helping to avoid an eating disorder. It’s also very important for families to have healthy and positive conversations around food, body and weight that are non-diet based and avoid judgment.
There are several levels of care within eating disorder treatment and recovery. Where treatment begins depends upon the history and severity of the eating disorder, and what treatments have already been tried, if any.