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Supporting families key to recovery and resilience in eating disorders

26th February 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: February 26th – March 4th, 2018

Supporting families key to recovery and resilience in eating disorders

Harriet Parsons, Training & Development Manager with Bodywhys said “Four years ago, Bodywhys launched a free 4 week evening programme for family members and carers. To date, 340 people have received support through our PiLaR programme which has been provided across the country.”

“At the centre of the programme is a focus on understanding eating disorders, providing structured help and support on the specific obstacles, difficulties and challenges of supporting a person with an eating disorder through the recovery process.” said Parsons

“Parents, siblings, grandparents, partners and spouses currently supporting a family member with an eating disorder can identify with feeling overwhelmed, disempowered, helpless and isolated. We urge those who are struggling to seek support.” added Parsons

Upcoming PiLaR programme dates and locations:

  • Limerick – March 1st
  • Clonmel, Tipperary – March 1st
  • Stillorgan, Co. Dublin – April 12th
  • Vincent’s University Hospital, Co. Dublin – September 6th

People can and do recover from eating disorders


Notes for Editors

  • The Department of Health and Children estimates that 200,000 people in Ireland are affected by eating disorders.
  • For information about the Bodywhys PiLaR Programme and Eating Disorders Awareness Week, please see or contact 01-2834963.


  • Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders


  • Bodywhys lo-call helpline: 1890 200 444



  • Bodywhys online support groups are available at


For further information, please contact:

Harriet Parsons, Training & Development Manager

Tel: 01 283 4963

Barry Murphy, Communications Officer

Tel: 01 283 4963

Mobile: 087 7769708