“The beginning of February marks National Eating Disorders Awareness week.

“Eating disorders are one of the most serious, but least talked about mental health challenges. They affect people of all genders, ages and backgrounds, and if left untreated or undiagnosed, they can cause serious mental and physical harm. It’s estimated about a million Canadians have an eating disorder – many of them undiagnosed.

“Recovery is possible for all Albertans struggling with mental health challenges, including eating disorders. Thousands of Albertans are living examples of that. While the pursuit of recovery from eating disorders or other mental health challenges may be difficult, there are supports available.

 “For those who are struggling, the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta has information on support and treatment options at edsna.ca, and the Silver Linings Foundation offers support groups online. 211 Alberta, a single point of contact for information and service referrals, is also available 24/7 by phone, text and chat will help you connect with eating disorder recovery supports.

“If you or someone you know needs help, reach out today. And if you are in distress, please call the Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642 or the National Eating Disorder Information Centre at 1-866-633-4220.”