Men Get Eating Disorders Too
‘Men Get Eating Disorders Too’ seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders in men so men can get the support they need. We want to further our impact by providing more opportunities for those affected by eating disorders in men to get their voices heard.
Men Get Eating Disorders Too
Typically eating disorders are perceived to be illnesses that only affect women, with the most common association being young girls. This is a common assumption and the fact is anyone can suffer from eating disorders including people of any age, social background, race, sexuality and gender. The issue of men and eating disorders is widely under-represented and misunderstood and at present men with eating disorders represent a marginalised group, with a lot of stigma attached.
We will recruit a group of Campaigners to further raise awareness of eating disorders both locally and nationally. They will mostly be men who have experience of eating disorders and others also affected by eating disorders in men (e.g. parents and carers). Together, their individual and collective voice will enable us to deal with the issues in a sensitive and realistic way.
Providing a platform for which Campaigners can get their voices heard
Activities» The use of digital and social media to engage with service users. They will do this by telling their stories and writing blogs.
» Raising awareness in the media, through speaking at conferences and events and national information campaigns.
» Assisting in the delivery of training to professionals to give them a greater understanding of the unique issues facing men with eating disorders.
» The provision of online peer support by helping to facilitate regular live chat sessions and participating in the forum.
Success will be increased service-user involvement in the charity. Between 20 and 30 campaigners will be involved in the first year.
The increase of service user involvement will go a long way in humanising the issue of eating disorders in men so others affected will be able to relate. Success will be when more sufferers seek help for their eating disorders opposed to feeling isolated and unable to make the vital first steps. Professionals will have an increased knowledge and awareness and better responsive to men's needs. We will demonstrate this success through regular evaluations with our service users to asses our impact.
There is a risk that some of our Campaigners may need extra support when sharing their experiences, especially those who are still in recovery. We will work closely will all our Campaigners to ensure they are supported by offering inductions, training and one-to-ones when needed.
Donors will receive quarterly project reports and our bi-monthly newsletter with updates and news about the projects activities.
Budget - Project Cost: £5,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £2,000 Volunteer expenses Travel to events and confences, attending induction and training days, etc £750 Core and running costs Telephone, stationery, postage, etc £1,000 Publicity materials Posters, info leaflets, etc £1,250 Community outreach Stalls at event and conferences
MGEDT was set up in 2009 initially as a website and a year later became a registered charity. Our campaign is ever-growing and has a presence both nationally and internationally.
The work we do with undiagnosed men is crucial as it encourages them to access support and are our main focus, although we also help with who are diagnosed. We cater for professionals in helping them better serve male sufferers and also help parents to gain a better understanding of how best to help their son through what is a very difficult time. We also cater for parents and carers, other family members, partners, friends and anyone else affected by a man suffering from an eating disorders.
We are the only UK charity that addresses the specific needs of men with eating disorders and has a good standing in the mental health and men’s health communities as being the preferred resource for information about eating disorders in men.We believe our user-led approach makes us best placed to deal with this unique topic.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Sam is the Founder and Project Leader of MGEDT. As the visionary he is dedicated to ensuring the delivering of our key aims.
Nick is the Treasurer/Charity Secretary and Project Support Officer (Volunteer).