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Eating disorders

School communities

Support provided to children, adolescents and their families by staff working in the school setting

What is it?

Information and programs can help school communities support students experiencing eating disorders and assist students to seek help.

School communities can help to prevent eating disorders and identify the early signs of an eating disorder.

What can someone expect?

School communities can offer a range of support options for students and families such as:

  • information about eating disorders
  • links to accessing professional help
  • support groups
  • programs to educate school staff
  • programs to create a more body-positive environment for students.

Who is this for?

If you’re a teacher, school nurse, guidance officer, parent or student, there may be someone in your school community you suspect or know has an eating disorder and you may want to support them.

How can someone access it?

The Butterfly Foundation has programs available to help schools create environments that support body confidence in children and young people, including student presentations, staff professional development and parent seminars.

LearnED, an e-learning platform by Eating Disorders Victoria, has a webinar for school wellbeing teams and other school staff on eating disorders, risk factors, early intervention and support options.

EducatED, an e-learning course offered by Inside Out Institute, provides school staff with the skills to identify and manage young people with eating disorders in the school environment.

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