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    Tuesday
    Sep012015

    30 Days of Suicide Awareness & Prevention

    1: Take one link and pass it around --> Help Someone Else Online via the National Suicide Prevention Line.

    2: Download a Lifeline Wallet Card for free in English or Spanish.

    3: If you see someone with a semicolon tattoo, give them a high-five!

    4: Follow Friday on Twitter --> @800273TALK @CrisisTextLine @afspnational @AASuicidology @TrevorProject @SFSuicide @HopeForTheDay @SPRCtweets.

    5: Join in or donate to an @OvernightWalk - check it!

    6: Share @TrevorProject, the leading crisis intervention & suicide prevention services org for LGBTQ youth, 13-24 years old: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/.

    7: Take 5 to #StopSuicide during National Suicide Prevention Week.

    8: Read over "Talk Saves Lives" via the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

    9: If you've got something like this, wear it out & about!

     

    10. Take a free online course to improve your knowledge and skills in suicide prevention through the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

    11. Volunteer and/or donate to the Crisis Text Line.

    12. Get involved with the Trans Lifeline.

    13. Check out AFSP's "Meet the Researchers" video series on the latest in suicide research.

    14. Volunteer as a field advocate.

    15. Become a Bridgewatch Angel and be the one to listen and give hope.

    16. Memorize the warning signs of suicide with this easy mnemonic: IS PATH WARM?

    17. Share this great list of online resouces from the American Association of Suicidology on social media.

    18. Give a gift to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

    19. Download "A Friend Asks" App.

    20. Print your own Yellow Ribbon Ask4Help! cards and distribute widely.

    21. Give hope, get hope, and share your story with A2A's Messges of Hope campaign.

    22. Take a depression screening or share it with somone you might be concerned about.

    23. Read "Means Matter" from Harvard's School of Public Health.

    24. Get yourself a temporary tattoo from AFSP and "Be the voice."

    25. Become a volunteer at the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline.

    26. Get invoved with National Suicide Prevention Week in September.

    27. Know the myths about suicide.

    28. Find a LivingWorks training near you.

    29. Learn about the steps you can take if you are concerned about someone on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.

    30. Read and share Dr. Schwartz's helpful article on "What Viewers Should Consider" before watching 13 Reasons Why. (Links to Talking Points are also helpful!)

    Sunday
    Mar152015

    Kicking Off "Sound Bite" Vlog with Featured Guest Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

    I am excited to announce that I am finally kicking off a new video series called "Sound Bite: Straight Up Info from People in the Know. " On my first go, I interviewed Evelyn Tribole, author of Intuitive Eating, on the topic of gluten. Given that there is so much misinformation and misunderstanding about gluten, I thought some straight up information from a highly respected registered dietitian would be helpful! I have yet to find some time to learn to edit videos, so instead of sitting on this, I thought I would post it and let the perfection piece go. Thank you to Evelyn for your time, good humor, and being kind about the arrow on your nose!

    Sound Bite: The Essential 411 on Gluten with Eveyln Tribole, MS, RD from Bridget Whitlow, LMFT on Vimeo.

     

    Saturday
    Mar142015

    Supporting a Friend or Loved One with an Eating Disorder

    Earlier this month I had the opportunity to talk with Lucy Vernasco, a health and science writer, who created an audio story for the Medill School of Journalism’s Medill Reports Chicago on how to support a loved one with an eating disorder. If you have 3 minutes and 16 seconds, check it out! For her written story on both social media and support, check out the full article here. Thank you for getting the word out Lucy!

     

    Wednesday
    Mar112015

    High Points from the 7 Days of 2015 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

    As always, NEDA's National Eating Disorder's Awareness Week was full and overflowing with face-to-face and social media events - here are just a few of my top favs!

    1. Sunday, February 22nd: The 3rd Annual #AdiosED Twitterparty on "Self-Care in Recovery."

    2. Monday, February 23rd: NIMH Twitter Chat on Binge Eating Disorder with Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., HuffPost Live's discussion on eating disorders among pregnant women, and NEDA's recorded Google Hangout "MarginalizED Voices."

    3. Tuesday, February 24th: ASDAH's first Health At Every Size video, "Poodle Science" went live on the 23rd, but the retweets were going strong on the 24th! To read more about the story behind the video, visit here.

    4. Wednesday, February 25th: A good reminder from Ellen Fitzsimmons Craft.

    5. Thursday, February 26th: NEDA's Tweet Chat on "Identifying Disordered Behaviors Before They Go Too Far" and a shout-out tweet from the NIMH on Dr. Bulik's 2014 videos that bust 9 Eating Disorder Myths.

    6. Friday, February 27th: NEDA's Tweet Chat on "What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Patients: Medical Professionals and Eating Disorders." One of my favorite resources on this topic that is available at no cost *and* in 7 different languages, is the Academy for Eating Disorder's Guide to Medical Risk Management - please download and share with abandon!

    7. Satruday, February 28th: On the last day, NEDA asked parents to share their words of wisdom. Two (from the week and beyond) that struck me are from Don Blackwell and IED Action, both calling out for larger scale changes to help those struggling with an eating disorder. If you'd like to get involved with this, please reach out to them and consider joining in the next Eating Disorders Coalition Lobby Day!

    Now I would love to hear from you - what were your stand out NEDA Awareness Week events?

     

    Saturday
    Mar012014

    10 Not To Be Missed Resources from the 2014 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 

    As March kicks off, the 2014 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week comes to a close. It was a remarkably active week on social media and there were some valuable observations made by collegues that caught my attention. Both Carrie Arnold's post on "Who's ED Awareness Week for, anyway?" and Laura Collin's blog on "More information, less empty 'awareness'" brought up great questions and calls to action. With these in mind, and given the fact that the diagnosis of an eating disorder continues to carry with it some of the highest mortality rates but yet remains among the least federally funded in research, I rounded up my 10 not to be missed resources that can be used throughtout the rest of 2014:

    1. NIMH's "9 Eating Disorders Myths Busted" featuring the fantastic Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D.

    2. The Academy for Eating Disorders Medical Care Standards Brochure available in 6 languages, all of which are downloadable for free.

    3. A no-cost Eating Attitudes Self-Test with anonymous feedback.

    4. The National Eating Disorders Association toll-free and confidential Helpline: 800.931.2237.

    5. Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.'s list of treatment scholarships.

    6. Men Get Eating Disorders Too Peer Support.

    7. Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.).

    8. Genetic research participation: Add your DNA to AN25K via ANGI in the U.S. and Charlotte's Helix in the U.K.

    9. Ideas and inspiration on advocacy from Eric van Furth, Johanna Kandell, and AED from their twitterchat on "How Advocates are Reaching Eating Disorder Sufferers."

    10. Information on how to gear up and participate in the Eating Disorders Coalition National Lobby Days on April 2nd and 3rd in D.C.

    I would love to hear from you! What splash did the 2014 #NEDAwareness make for you and what ripples from it are you going to disperse during the rest of the year?