This just in! NORMAL in Schools, a non-profit dedicated to education on eating disorders is seeking volunteers to participate in an online educational campaign about eating disorders. NORMAL has made a valuable educational film called Speaking Out About Eating Disorders which includes interviews with many of the leading researchers and treatment specialists in the field. Now NORMAL is recruiting individuals in ED recovery (or those recovered) to create videos that share their experiences in battling this illness.
To participate, individuals in recovery (and/or those recovered, and/or close family members) will submit a short (40 second or so) video about their struggle with eating disorders (or about their family member's struggle, as applicable). The goal is to distribute the videos through social media as a PSA to educate the public about ED.
NORMAL is asking participants to craft a script (using a simple instruction sheet) that helps them share their truths about battling and/or eventually overcoming this highly-misunderstood disease and what they "wish" society / the world understood about them (versus the myths and judgments that typically pervade our culture). For detailed instructions, please contact Sedef Onder, 212.699.3761.
NORMAL's goals for the educational project include:
-- increasing the awareness of and educate about ED as a serious mental illness
-- raising visibility of its prevalence among young populations of girls and boys
-- encouraging open discussions
-- providing people to whom young people can relate and identify who have struggled with ED and its assorted challenges
-- inciting people to seek help