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Parents invited to special eating disorders event
21/03/2016

The parents of young people with eating disorders will be given the chance to ask questions and get practical advice from an author with first-hand experience of helping a child recover at a special web hang-out taking place today.

The Great Yarmouth and Waveney Community Eating Disorder Service, run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), will welcome Eva Musby via video link to its parent’s group meeting in Great Yarmouth.

Eva, whose daughter spent 11 months in hospital after developing anorexia nervosa when she was 10, will share her own experiences, explain more about the ways her family learnt to cope and answer any questions which parents or carers may have. The author, who has written a book, called “Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders: How to Help Your Child Eat Well and Be Well”, also hopes the event will provide emotional and practical support.

“The evening will be an opportunity for parents to meet as they would normally, but with me in the 'room' so I can make suggestions based on my experience and everything I have learned from others,” said Eva. “Some parents might have enjoyed my book or YouTube videos, and I hope my presence may help bring some of that to life.

“With my input, parents might come out with a piece of information, a suggestion, some bit of reassurance or empowerment, or an experience of soothing or hope that will help them in their heroic task of supporting their child through this horrible illness.

“Any parents who are currently supporting a child with an eating disorder under the care of NSFT, and who would like practical ideas around food, communication or ways to sustain themselves emotionally, is welcome to come along.”

The event has been organised shortly after Eva put together an informative and educational video exploring the care in place at NSFT, featuring interviews with Clinical Nurse Specialist Lydia Goodrum and Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Sarah Maxwell. Now available on YouTube, it is aimed at parents and clinicians, or anyone else who wants to find out more about caring for people with eating disorders.

Lydia, who is also Eating Disorders Team Lead with NSFT, said: “We are delighted that Eva has agreed to join us at this exciting event, which promises to be a really interesting and useful evening for parents and carers.

“Our parents meet regularly to share their experiences with others who are facing similar problems, in turn helping them to build strength while realising they are not alone. This is essential in giving them the confidence to take control of their child’s condition and stand up to the eating disorder. By talking to Eva, we hope they will be able to gain extra insight from someone else who has first-hand experience of helping a child to recover.

“We would encourage anyone who is looking after a child or young person with any eating disorder under the care of NSFT to come along and get some practical advice from Eva about the things they can do to help.”

Anyone who would like to attend the evening, which starts at 6pm and will be held at Northgate Hospital, should contact Laura Pinder on 01493 337812 or via email at laura.pinder@nsft.nhs.uk

To watch Eva’s videos on YouTube, visit https://www.youtube.com/user/EvaMusby  

For more information about Great Yarmouth and Waveney Community Eating Disorder Service, please visit http://nsft.nhs.uk/Pages/New-look-service-provides-extra-help-for-eating-disorders.aspx