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Sep 2, 2022

Equip’s New Research Shows Virtual Treatment Works for Eating Disorders – Here’s What We Now Know

Prior to the pandemic, less than 1% of all mental health care was virtual. For eating disorder treatment, most families traditionally turned to residential centers or upending routines for in-person appointments. With only 20% of people getting treatment for eating disorders (and a fraction reaching recovery), there’s no longer a question of access, but rather a question of closing the massive access gap.

Support Group

Sep 2, 2022

Practicing Self-Care When Your Loved One Has an Eating Disorder

Equip's Director of Lived Experience JD Ouellette, Family Mentor Alexia Davis, and Therapist Kathryn Woodward discuss the importance of self-care for caregivers, and practical strategies for supporting your own mental health while also supporting your loved one through recovery.

Video Interview

Sep 2, 2022

How To Talk To Your Child When ED Has You Walking On Eggshells

When your child is struggling with an eating disorder, it's normal for the entire family to feel like they are walking on eggshells. No topic feels safe. Why is everything that I say suddenly triggering? How can I help them recover when I don't even know what to say? In this presentation, Dr. Parks will help us to understand WHY it is difficult communicating through an eating disorder and give specific TOOLS to help you as you navigate towards recovery.

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May 16, 2022

To My Parents and All the Parents of Children with Eating Disorders

"To all the parents out there who are in this fight with their child, don’t give up! Don’t wait for your child to choose or want their own recovery because let’s just be honest: it’s not going to happen, and if it eventually does, it might be too late. Don’t let the fear of losing or damaging your child’s love for you keep you from fighting-- the love will come back deeper and stronger when they are healthy, alive, and in recovery."

Video Interview

May 16, 2022

The Power of Family in Recovery: Families as Partners in Eating Disorder Treatment

In our final video for our F.E.A.S.T. x Equip "The Power of Family in Recovery" series, Equip CCO Dr. Erin Parks & F.E.A.S.T. Executive Director Judy Krasna talk about the heart of successful eating disorder recovery: a support system of loved ones who are there through it all.

Video & Audio

Feb 11, 2022

Family Based Treatment: A Workshop

Learn more about Family-Based Treatment (FBT) is the most effective evidence-based treatment for eating disorders for children, adolescents, and young adults.

Podcast

Feb 11, 2022

Eating Disorders are a Family Affair

Diana and Lisa caught up with JD Ouellette, the Director of Mentorship at a new virtual eating disorder treatment startup, Equip. JD shares her personal story of helping her daughter recover from anorexia.

Podcast

Feb 11, 2022

Navigating Recovery - A Firsthand Perspective

In this conversation, Maris walks the co-hosts through what it was like to receive Family Based Treatment as a teenager for her eating disorder, including the sometimes-difficult experiences with her parents, whom ultimately, she credits for being an important piece of her recovery.

Article

Feb 11, 2022

How we took the best eating disorder treatment option available—FBT—and improved it

Equip took the most effective treatment model available for eating disorders—Family Based Treatment (FBT)—and gathered experts in the field, including those with lived experience, to build upon it in order to help you do just that.

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Feb 11, 2022

FBT Treatment for Anorexia

Dr. Erin Parks, co-founder of Equip, discusses treatment for anorexia. One treatment option, Family-Based Treatment (FBT), has shown to be highly effective in the treatment of children, teens, and young adults. Watch this video to learn more.

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Feb 11, 2022

The Power of Family & Peer Mentorship in FBT

The gap between research and treatment is why families in the eating disorder community have long acted as first responders and envelop worried newcomers with information, support, wisdom and caring immediately from the first contact. Equip is professionalizing the labor of supporters who have done this work, unpaid, by Facebook post, by forum, by email, by phone, by Zoom, in person, and across the globe.

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Sep 2, 2022

Not Sure How to Talk To a Loved One About Eating Disorders? Read This.

Eating disorders are still so poorly understood and rarely discussed outside of stereotypes, so it can be extra tough to know if and how to bring up the possibility of problematic behaviors if the person in question happens to be male, of a certain age, or embodying other characteristic outside societal expectations of how eating disorders “look.”

Support Group

Sep 2, 2022

How to Support Boys & Men With Eating Disorders

Equip co-founder Dr. Erin Parks, Equip Family Mentor Nicole Terrill, Equip Director of Lived Experience JD Ouellette, and college student Matt Terrill discuss the reality about men and boys and eating disorders, and how families can best support them through recovery.

Video Interview

Sep 2, 2022

My Body, My Friend: Empowering Teens to Love & Care for Their Bodies

Looking for a way to empower your teen? In this video Ally Duval, Equip's Body Image Program Manager and Cara Bohon, PhD, Equip's VP of Clinical Programs sit down with w/ Wendy Sterling and Signe Darpinian, Co-Authors of the new book: Raising Body Positive Teens for a discussion on how to help your teen love and care for their body.

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Jul 19, 2022

Understanding Family-Based Treatment

With so many different eating disorder treatment options, finding the right fit for your loved one can be an overwhelming process. Here's everything you need to know about FBT.

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May 16, 2022

5 Common Obstacles to Receiving Eating Disorder Treatment (And How to Overcome Them)

"Reflecting on some of these common obstacles to treatment — and the strategies to overcome them — can help shed light on why so many people are unable to access the treatment that they need, and the need for more information, access, and evidence-based care."

Article

May 16, 2022

First Steps: How & When to Seek Eating Disorder Treatment

"Identifying the early warning signs of an eating disorder can be challenging, but the odds of recovery increase when the disease is caught early, so knowing some of the signature signs can be life-saving."

Support Group

Sep 7, 2022

Equip Family Support Group

Every week, Equip clinical team members will lead a candid discussion about the realities of eating disorders, common questions about treatment and recovery, and first-hand advice about recovery as a family.

Podcast

May 16, 2022

Judy Krasna, Executive Director of F.E.A.S.T., discusses parenting a child with an eating disorder

"In this interview, Judy shares what it's like to advocate for better treatment and care and describes ways caretakers can be an active part of the treatment team. She creates space to normalize the challenges, pain, and often negative thinking which caregivers and parents can experience with a child or dependent with an eating disorder, and explains that is okay to be afraid, nervous, angry, and hurt, and that there are resources -- like F.E.A.S.T. -- available to help manage these emotions and thoughts, and navigate the complex and often overwhelming eating disorder treatment space."

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May 13, 2022

Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image

In a world fraught with diet-culture and weight stigma, many parents worry about their child's relationship with their body and food. This down-to-earth guide is an invaluable resource allowing parents to take proactive actions in promoting a friendship with food.

Video & Audio

Feb 11, 2022

How to Support Someone with Anorexia

Equip co-founder and CCO Dr. Erin Parks discusses the best way to support your friends or family members with anorexia.

Video & Audio

Feb 11, 2022

Equip Listening Tour - Moms and Daughters in Conversation

Mothers and daughters discuss the realities of eating disorder treatment, what they want to share with families beginning this journey, and what benefit they see in the Equip model.

Article

Feb 11, 2022

You Have to See the Eating Disorder Beast to Slay the Beast

"When I realized that it was up to me to no longer be fooled by the camouflage but see the true nature and will of The Beast in its behaviors and not its costume is when we began to see progress."

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Feb 11, 2022

How Fathers Can Support Children in Recovery

Family Mentor Kevin Dunn shares his lived experience as a father supporting his daughter through eating disorder treatment.

Article

Feb 11, 2022

What One Parent Learned from Supporting a Child in Recovery

"My wish for all parents and caregivers is to have rapid, direct, and fully-engaged access to a highly-qualified team of ED specialists. I can only imagine the amount of heartache that might be spared using the EQUIP model."

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Feb 11, 2022

What I wish someone had told my parents

"It takes strength, determination, courage, hard work, professionals, family and friends, and it’s probably the hardest thing you will ever have to do, but I can promise with all my heart, recovery is worth every tear, argument and hard day."

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