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Social Justice for Eating Disorder Recovery and Mental Health Issues

By: Dana Friend, Psy.D., The Renfrew Center of Coconut Creek

Posted on August 10, 2020

In response to the death of George Floyd as well as the injustices faced by many others, taking a strong stance for social justice and human rights is necessary now more than ever—including increased access to eating disorder treatment and other mental health services.

With this in mind, The Renfrew Center is pleased to offer a FREE Virtual BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Community Support Group on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Join us as we continue the conversation on the emotional and physical impacts of the current cultural climate as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on recovery. For more information as well as registration, please click here. This group is open to ALL Renfrew alumni, regardless of attendance at a previous Renfrew BIPOC support event.

Additionally, below are quick tips to empower yourself and the community to make a positive change in the mental health world.

1. Educate yourself and others: Start by reading more about mental health and the rights of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). A great online resource is Mental Health America, click here to learn more.

2. Normalize mental health treatment to reduce stigma: Talk openly about your recovery struggles and challenge biases against eating disorders and other mental health concerns. Additionally, hear from Renfrew's very own, Dr. Gayle Brooks, as she discusses the link between trauma and eating disorders in the Therapy for Black Girls podcast, available here.

3. Promote positivity on social media: Share success stories of eating disorder recovery and words of encouragement. Also, check out the following Instagram handles for BIPOC support and resources: @therapyforblackgirls @blkwomenshealth @blackfemaletherapists @blackmentalwellness @thelovelandfoundations

4. Reach out to your local representative: Advocate for legislation to protect the rights of those seeking mental health services, specifically for those within the BIPOC community.

5. Be kind to yourself: If you are struggling, advocate for yourself and reach out for help if you need it. Remember that lapses and relapses happen.
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