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Eating Disorders Awareness Week Events 2024

The theme for #EDAW2024 is ‘Eating Disorder Recovery and Beyond: Respecting individuality and identity‘. We understand that an eating disorder develops and functions differently for each individual person. Over time it can become a part of a persons identity, and can become intertwined with the persons sense of self. We recognise that what it means to recover is unique to each person. A person-centred approach is crucial to validate and recognise these individual experiences and to ensure that each person feels heard and supported, every step of the way.

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Monday 26th February
PhD researcher, Tara Travers, invites health professionals who work with people affected by eating disorders to express an interest in attending an in person event in Co. Waterford on Monday the 26th of February.

A free webinar by SupportED Families for those in recovery – and their supporters – as part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2024.

In this webinar, Harriet Parsons (Training and Development Manager with Bodywhys) speaks with Dr. Colman Noctor (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist) about what we can learn from the concept of happiness and satisfaction in eating disorder treatment and recovery.

This webinar is brought to you by Bodywhys – The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland as part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2024. This event will be recorded and made available at a later date.

The National Eating Disorders Recovery Centre (NEDRC) is hosting a webinar titled ‘Tools for your toolbox: Coping ahead and managing distress.’ with clinical psychotherapist Paul Quinn from 6pm – 8pm.

Tuesday 27th February
Fingal libraries is hosting a webinar with Harriet Parsons, Training and Development Manager with Bodywhys titled ‘Supporting People with Eating Disorders’ on Tuesday 27th February at 7pm.

  • Book via Eventbrite here.

In this webinar, Fiona Flynn (Youth Development Manager at Bodywhys) is joined by Dr.Sarah Cooney (School of Psychology, UCD) and Bente Sommerfeldt (Clinical Psychologist and Director of Institute of Eating Disorders, University of Oslo, Norway) about the nuances of navigating body changes through the lifecycle. Lived experience voices will join the conversation and share their stories.

Topics include: • Reflecting on lived experience • Chronic illness • Pregnancy and eating disorders • Menopause

The National Eating Disorders Recovery Centre (NEDRC) is hosting a webinar titled ‘We need to talk: the realities of eating disorder recovery’ with experts by experience from 6pm – 8pm.

Wednesday 28th February
The HSE National Eating Disorders Webinar 2024: Expanding Eating Disorder Knowledge and Service Development will take place from 9.45am – 4.30pm on Wednesday 28th February and  will be suitable for all health professionals working with people with eating disorders.

A free webinar by Supported Families for parents, partners, family members and friends of those in recovery. Wednesday 28th February 2024 at 6.30pm.

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is hosting an online event exploring eating disorder recovery and identifying the signs of eating disorders.

The webinar, being delivered by the multidisciplinary Eating Disorders Programme team at SPMHS, is being held to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) 2024. It takes place on:

  • Wednesday, 28 February between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Leah Hargadon, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Therapist, and Laura Griffin, Occupational Therapist, will present on eating disorder recovery and the sense of fragility a person may feel following an eating disorder. They will look at ways of building a positive sense of identity after such a mental health difficulty.

Dr Gary Cooney, Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders, and Dr Bernadette Kevin, Senior Registrar in Psychiatry, will then present on the recognition or detection of eating disorders. Despite increasing awareness of eating disorders, early detection remains a challenge, especially where individuals don’t fit typical or classical presentations. This will involve looking at ways to deepen our understanding of how to identify illness, which – in the context of society’s focus on diet, weight and fitness – may go unnoticed for quite some time. We will look particularly at under-represented groups in eating disorders and consider some of the obstacles to treatment that exist, relating to themes of identity and individuality.

This webinar is suitable for a general audience and anyone working in healthcare environments.

The webinar is free to attend, but registration is essential.

If you have any queries about this event or any accessibility requirements for attending, please email:

In this webinar, Harriet Parsons (Training and Development Manager with Bodywhys) hosts a discussion with members of the Bodywhys Media panel reflecting on their experiences with recovery and the theme of #EDAW2024 ‘Eating disorder recovery and beyond: Respecting individuality and identity.

Thursday 29th February
This in person talk ‘Supporting People with Eating Disorders’ is hosted by Bodywhys Training and Development Manager, Harriet Parsons and will take place in Rush Library on Thursday 29th February at 6pm.

In this webinar, we will focus on the importance of creating or re-building important identities during recovery and how these can be supported through social connections and relationships. Some insights will be provided on what this might look like and how it can be accomplished. Topics such as social needs and recovery as well as resilience and eating disorders will be explored. We will be joined by researchers and lived experience voices. Speakers include: • Lived experience voices • Dr Niamh McNamara (Nottingham Trent University) • Dr Amanda Fitzgerald (UCD)

Join Bodywhys live on Instagram as we discuss the theme: Eating disorder recovery and beyond: Respecting individuality and identity with Jo Moscalu, The Binge Eating Dietitian.

  • Tune in live on Instagram here

Friday 1st March
Booking is now open for the 6th Irish National Eating Disorders Conference 2024 taking place on Friday, March 1st, 2024 from 09:30 – 16:30 at The GAS Building, School of Nursing and Midwifery, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2.

  • Find out more here

The National Eating Disorders Recovery Centre is hosting a webinar titled ‘Neurodivergence and Eating Disorders: Adapting your practice for clients with ASD & ADHD’ with clinical psychologist Dr. Andreana Pulcrano. This webinar is for professionals.


Saturday 2nd March
Amy Hanley is organising several protests around the country on 2nd March as part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The protestors are asking the government to urgently provide funding and improve eating disorder services across Ireland.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week Protest – Dublin

The protest and march starts at 11am in front of Department of Health on Lower Baggot St. At approximately 12pm, the protest will walk on the footpaths from Department of Health to the Dail, around St. Stephen’s Green and hold a peaceful demonstration in front of the Dail gates on Kildare St.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week Protest – Cork

The protest takes place from approximately 11am-1pm in the plaza at Cork City Hall.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week Protest – Limerick

The protest takes place from approximately 11am-1pm outside the gates of University Hospital Limerick.

This online webinar hosted by the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences will be focusing on:

  • An overview of several types of eating disorders
  • Major Facts and truths about eating disorders
  • Social context/influences
  • Best practice guidelines that therapists should consult before approaching a case
  • Resources available openly on the web
  • Evidence-based therapies that most guidelines suggest for this type of work
  • What families should know/to support someone

This event will be open to all.

  • For more information see here