There are few health issues more prevalent in young people than body image and eating disorders.
Eating disorders affect more than one million Australians and have one of the highest mortality rates of any mental illness.
That’s why Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong is hosting this year’s mental health forum on body image and eating disorders.
The forum is being run in partnership with local mental health advocate Sandra McDonald and will feature guest speakers from The Butterfly Foundation for Eating Disorders and headspace Campbelltown.
Mr Chanthivong said the forum would provide an opportunity raise awareness of eating disorders and provide sufferers, families, carers and educators with access to helpful resources.
It will also include a question and answer session.
“Eating disorders are complex mental health illnesses that require a collaborative approach and a supportive environment to assist recovery,” Mr Chanthivong said.
“I look forward to working with Sandra McDonald and other partners in delivering this important community information evening.”
Mr Chanthivong said it was important young people knew that recovery from eating disorders was highly achievable with appropriate treatment.
“The message we want to send is that mental health matters,” he said.
“The more conversations we have on mental health, the more barriers we can break down and provide much-needed support.”
Mrs McDonald, who represents Beautiful Minds and One Door Mental Health Support, said any conversation about mental health was a step forward.
“Forums such as this are essential to giving mental health the level of attention it deserves, while raising awareness of the support services available in the local community,” she said.
“I’m grateful to Anoulack for highlighting this important issue and for his continued support of mental health.”
Last year’s mental health forum – which focused on young people and anxiety – was a great success.
This forum will be held at Greg Percival Community Centre, Ingleburn, on Thursday, June 21 from 6.30pm-8.30pm.
The event is free, but bookings are essential.
Details, registrations: firstname.lastname@example.org, 9618 2077.