‘Men get Eating Disorders Too’ has been successful in raising funds to roll out training across the country.
The National Lottery’s Awards for All programme has granted £6,050 to develop an essential training package and put on a series of free half-day workshops for professionals and other community members, with an aim to increase their awareness and knowledge about eating disorders in males.
Sam Thomas, Founder and Director, said: “MGEDT is committed to raising awareness and improving service provision available to men and boys by tackling the key issues that prevent male sufferers of eating disorders receiving the help they need. One of the ways we can help eradicate the barriers male sufferers face is through training.
“Too often we hear of male sufferers who haven’t been able to seek the help they need due to professionals not picking up on their symptoms, which is likely due to stigma and stereotypical gender assumptions that still exist. The aim of the workshops is to increase participants understanding of eating disorders in males so they can be better responsive to their needs.
“Following feedback we know the workshops have helped participants gain more confidence in their professional practice, making a crucial difference to the support male sufferers receive.”
Professionals from across many sectors will benefit from the training including those working in education, health and social care, mental health, counselling and many more. The workshops will also be suitable for students pursuing a career in mental health as well as carers and volunteers in a supporting role.
Sam added: “In this current financial climate, we recognise that funding for training is limited so we are pleased to be able to offer places to professionals and community members at no charge. This funding enables us to deliver the workshops in other regions outside the south-east, so we can expand our reach and maximise our impact.”
The Awards for All funded workshops dates will be announced on the MGEDT website in late June.