NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The New Canaan Library is partnering with Silver Hill Hospital to observe National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
The two groups are joining to host educational programs on eating disorders from Sunday, Feb. 23, to Saturday, March 1. Silver Hill Hospital nurse Vicki Hoey will present "How To Foster a Positive Body Image in Teens" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the New Canaan Library.
“Identifying mental illness is an important first step toward treatment and we can all make a difference through dialogue in our community,” said Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, president and medical director of Silver Hill Hospital. “Eating disorders are becoming more prevalent – up to 24 million people have an eating disorder. Everyone should know about the nature of eating disorders and their symptoms."
Silver Hill Hospital will provide information about eating disorders, reading lists and links to websites at the New Canaan Library through March 1. Hoey will also be available from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the lobby of the library to answer any questions related to eating disorders and other mental illnesses.
“The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that stigma is a major barrier to people seeking help when they need it,” said Laurie Iffland, head of reference services at New Canaan Library. “That’s why awareness events such as this are so important. We want people to understand mental illness and join in conversations throughout our community. The library provides a platform for learning and conversation. The more people know, the better they can help themselves or help their loved ones get the support they need.”