This week, one of my friends expressed concern for another friend who appears to be struggling with an eating disorder. “What can I do to help? I’m scared I may make it worse,” she confided.
Know when to speak up
It’s not a question of if but rather HOW we help that makes the difference. Remember, this situation is impacting someone’s health, so it is important to intervene somehow. By saying something about the problem, we can avoid regret. We will never have to say, “I wish I had…”
Remember: eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and many of those who die have taken their own life.
Eating disorders are a big deal, friends. We must be brave and do our part.
Speaking out may not be as hard as you think
When people ask me for tips on how to talk to a loved one who may be struggling with a serious issue, I always remember what my hubby, Tim Harrington (a family interventionist) tells me to say: