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December 2010

The aim of our bi-monthly electronic newsletter is to keep you informed about our work and about developments in the area of eating disorders. Each eBulletin will also provide some introductory information on a specific ‘Focus Issue’ which we hope will be beneficial to all readers.

Christmas decorations & cards still available!

Christmas Card image - click to go through to online christmas shop The Bodywhys Christmas cards and decorations are still available for purchase via our online shop or directly from our fundraising officer, Aisling.

Many thanks to everyone who has supported this initiative to date.

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New support group launching in Cavan

Bodywhys Group Logo A new branch of Bodywhys will begin support groups in Cavan from January 2011.

Groups will take place at the Bridge Street Centre from 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of every month. The next group will take place on Tuesday, January 4th 2011.

Further information about all Bodywhys Support Groups is available here.

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Call for volunteers in Waterford

Bodywhys are currently seeking volunteers in the Waterford area with a view to expanding our support network.

Further information along with a volunteer application form is available here.

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Tips for Coping with Christmas

Tree Image A list of tips for coping with an eating disorder over the Christmas period is available from the Bodywhys website here.

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Bodywhys services this Christmas

The following are details of Bodywhys services over the Christmas period:

December 20th Galway Support Group; Helpline 7:30-9:30pm.

December 21st Helpline 12:30-2:30pm.

December 22nd Helpline 7:30pm-9:30pm; BodywhysConnect Online Group.

December 23rd Helpline 10:00am-12:00pm.

December 26th YouthConnect Online Group.

December 27th Helpline 7:30pm-9:30pm; BodywhysConnect Online Group.

December 28th Helpline 12:30-2:30pm.

December 29th Helpline 7:30pm-9:30pm.

December 30th Helpline 10:00am-12:00pm.

January 4th Galway & Cavan Support Groups; Helpline 12:30-2:30pm.

Email support will be available via throughout the Christmas period.

Normal services will resume from January 5th, including groups in Dublin (Central) and Carlow on that date.

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Impact of weather on support services

Bodywhys would like to apologise for the disruption to services caused by the bad weather in recent weeks.

Some support groups and helpline sessions could not go ahead for health and safety reasons but where possible we have provided an alternative in the form of additional online BodywhysConnect sessions which have proved very popular.

As there is more snow and ice predicted for the coming weeks, please keep an eye on the Bodywhys website for updates.

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Participants sought for pilot study of online body image tool

Bodywhys are currently seeking participants for the pilot study of an innovative new online programme designed to boost body image. To get involved or for more information, contact Deirdre.

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Christmas Wine Tasting Event

Many thanks to all who attended our Christmas wine tasting event on December 14th and to those who supported the event which raised over €1,000 for Bodywhys.

Thanks also so Hargadon’s Wine Shop, Pat Smith for sharing his wine expertise with us, and the Westbury Hotel for providing a venue for the event.

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Share your story

Loudspeaker Image The Bodywhys media panel is currently seeking new participants. If you have recovered from an eating disorder and you are willing to share your story, please contact Ruth for more details.

Full training is provided – an application form can be downloaded here.

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Bodywhys presence at exhibitions & events

Bodywhys Youth Development Officer Fiona Flynn recently gave talks at The Rural Training Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo and at the National Youth Council of Ireland Annual Conference, 'Dealers in Happiness' event.

For more information on availability for talks and information events, please contact

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Be Body Positive - Campaign Update

Be Body Positive Image The 'Be Body Positive' schools programme is now available in the Dublin area. If you are interested in requesting the programme for your school, please contact

The Bodywhys Youth Panel met on Saturday 27th November. The meeting was to develop new awareness posters for young people and to design and develop materials for future youth events.

The next Youth Panel meeting will be on Saturday 15th January 2010 - the location has yet to be confirmed - see our facebook page for further details.

If you have any questions about the Bodywhys Youth Panel please contact Fiona.


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Research & Reports

Gene links to anorexia found

Molecular Psychiatry

Details available here. Abstract available here.

Identification and management of eating disorders in children and adolescents

Pediatrics, December 2010

Further information available here.
Abstract and full text available here.

New support intervention for carers being trialled in UK

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

Further information available here

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CEO's Review of the Year

2010 has been a very busy year for Bodywhys. Our services continue to provide much needed support to people affected by eating disorders. All services – support groups; helpline; online groups – were busy and our capacity to deliver these services would not have been possible without our volunteers. Thank you for your continued support, loyalty and commitment to Bodywhys.

A new service YouthConnect was launched by Minister John Maloney during Eating Disorders Awareness Week in February. This service was developed as a co-branded project with the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) and our sincere thanks go to Geoff Day and his team.

During the year Bodywhys was represented at a number of important events including the Chaplain’s Association Conference; the Mental Health Alliance; the Health Fest in Tralee; the Mind, Body Spirit Festival. All of these events offer an opportunity for Bodywhys to get information on eating disorders into the wider community.

Talks were delivered to the Children’s Rights Alliance and to the volunteers of Children in Hospital.

Professor Fiona McNicholas and Bodywhys CEO made a presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children.

The year also saw Bodywhys expand our work as partners with other agencies including Caring And Working Together (C.A.W.T.) a cross-border agency to develop a range of health and social services including a new investment in the area of eating disorders. As a result of our collaboration we now have two new support groups in Letterkenny and Cavan with other areas due for development in 2011.

We were also represented at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) conference which was held in Ireland. Our CEO co-hosted an exchange in Dublin and together with the Chairman, represented Bodywhys at the follow up conference in Tralee. This again was an opportunity to showcase the work of Bodywhys and to network with other agencies in the field of eating disorders and mental health.

So as we approach 2011 there will be many challenges ahead as we face financial challenges. But the biggest challenge for Bodywhys will be to ensure that people affected by eating disorders will receive the appropriate support needed.


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