A charity is aiming to raise awareness of eating disorders through a series of events.
SEED (Support and Education of Eating Disorders) will hold workshops, fund-raising events and awareness raising activities next Friday.
The push is part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
The Preston-based charity works to support eating disorder sufferers and their carers.
The day-long awareness event will be held at Preston’s College.
Shelley Perry who set up SEED said: “It’s so important to raise awareness of eating disorders In Lancashire. We need to reduce stigma and aid understanding.
“There is a need to inform and educate the public about what an eating disorder is and the implications and impact on individuals, carers, GPs, services and the economy and where the help is.
“Individuals are suffering needlessly and there needs to be an availability of accessible and appropriate services at a point of need. Currently this isn’t the case. Things have to change.”
Between 10am and noon there will be a “Living Library” session where staff and students are invited to talk to individuals who have suffered with an eating disorder and their carers about their experiences.
And between 2-4pm there will be an interactive workshop delivered by the charity’s chief executive Shelley.
The talk will focus around ‘what is an eating disorder and why?’
Trained volunteers within the charity will be facilitating the usual drop-in support groups for any suffers and their carers who are looking for support and advice.
These drop-in support groups at Preston’s College are run every week between 1pm and 3pm on a Friday and are open to the public.
Volunteers from the charity will also be wearing and selling a selection of fun and customised socks on the day as part of their efforts to raise awareness.
The bright idea is in response to a campaign by national eating disorder charity B-eat.
B-eat, which SEED is affiliated with, is running a ‘Sock it to eating disorders’ scheme, where people are encouraged to wear brightly coloured socks and give a donation.
To find out more about the charity contact Shelley by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08443915539.
SEED was founded in 2007.