Sefton Adult Mental Health And Wellbeing Consortium (SAMHAWC) campaign puts spotlight on eating disorders

A SEFTON-wide initiative to improve the mental health and wellbeing of residents,  put the spotlight on the problem of eating disorders at its latest event.

A training programme for voluntary and community sector staff working with adults  facing mental health difficulties was held at the Bowersdale Resource Centre in Seaforth.

The event was organised by the Sefton Adult Mental Health And Wellbeing Consortium (SAMHAWC), a partnership of eight health and wellbeing organisations in the borough supported by South Sefton and Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups.

It was delivered by Beat, a UK charity for people affected by eating problems or difficulties with food, weight or shape.

According to Beat, estimates suggest that more than 1.6 million men and women in the UK have eating disorders, but the charity stresses, that with the right support, they can be treated and full recovery is possible.

The training programme covered the background to eating disorders, the signs and  symptoms and causes and risks.

The event also focused on the sources of help available to people affected by the  condition, and how delegates can help to develop support strategies to set them on the road to recovery.

George Harvey of SAMHAWC partner Venus, the co-ordinator of the event, commented: “This was a lively and absorbing programme which provided delegates with a wealth of useful information on the theory behind eating disorders.

“They will now be able to put this to good use in their day-to-day roles, when they come across people affected by what is widely acknowledged as a serious and growing problem in this country.”

Over the past year SAMHAWC has been running a number of promotional campaigns around mental health issues including alcohol awareness, tackling stress and suicide prevention.

The eight partners in the consortium are Sefton CVS, Venus, the Swan Centre, Parenting 2000, Netherton Feelgood Factory, Expect, Compass Counselling and Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton.