Bridges facilitated an Eating Disorders Forum for Carers, Parents, Partners and Clinicians called “Bridging the Gap – Collaboration with Clinicians and Carers”. This featured Laura Collins, Carer and Founder of F.E.A.S.T; workshops facilitated by local specialist services, and provided networking opportunities. Workshop content included presentations by individuals who have recovered and those who have supported recovery, challenges faced by male family members and partners, understanding relationships and how the family can be involved, transition between services, and managing eating and exercise.
Bridges hosted a Sundowner Event to mark the beginning of Mental Health Week 2015. This provided an opportunity for individuals, carers, clinicians and community members interested in recovery from negative body image and eating disorders to find out about services, websites, books, apps, as well as an array of personal resources that can help in the journey to recovery. Stories were shared by individuals with a lived experience of recovery, Carers who have supported a loved one towards recovery, and Clinicians.
This was a free public event held at the James Street Amphitheatre, Perth Cultural Centre to promote positive body image. Bridges, supported by the Butterfly Foundation, hosted a range of displays, activities and entertainment for all ages.
Also during Body Image Awareness Week 2015- An ‘Inspiration Evening’ for those affected by Eating Disorders took place. Facilitated by Bridges, and hosted by the Eating Disorders Program at Princess Margaret Hospital, this free public event brought together consumers and carers with stories of recovery, and showcased displays of available local services and helpful resources.