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Not One More: Our Collective Hope

By Walden Behavioral Care
February 23, 2021
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Not One More: Walden Behavioral Care

How cool to be part of a weekend, a moment in time, a coming together in our eating disorder community where we raise our collective voices and say, “Enough. NOT ONE MORE.”

Every eating disorder non-profit organization, treatment center, individual provider, family member, and person in recovery is here in this community because we believe in you. We believe in recovery. We believe every person deserves the support needed to reach that goal.

Here at Walden Behavioral Care, we have worked with individuals and families since 2003. We have experienced recovery alongside so many. We have also seen the devastating toll eating disorders can take.

We do not want one more person, family member, or friend to be impacted by these insidious diseases.
Not one more… Young person thinking that if they change their body or their weight, it will make them more popular.
Not one more… Person wondering why they can’t be like everyone else.
Not one more… Athlete thinking the key to success is to be smaller.
Not one more… Person feeling guilty, ashamed, disappointed, angry, fill-in-the-word that they relapsed.
Not one more… Parent wondering what they did, or didn’t do to cause this.
Not one more… Professional using BMI as a health indicator for all.
Not one more… Sister waking up in the middle of the night to make sure her sister is breathing.
Not one more… Person trying to fit into what society has decided is a “normal” weight or body size for all.
Not one more… Friend losing sleep wondering if it is time to tell an adult.
Not one more… Commercial selling diet products.
Not one more… Little brother trying to understand why dinnertime has become so hostile.
Not one more… Holiday where the focus is on weight gain or weight loss.
Not one more
NOT ONE MORE.

We stand today and every day with The Alliance and so many others because we know there is hope.

There is greater access to care today than before (though we still have more work to do). There is greater recognition of eating disorders in medical, mental health and school communities (though we still have more work to do). There is greater understanding that eating disorders impact all (though we still have more work to do).

The fact is eating disorder impact all of us. All ages. All genders. All races. All ethnicities. All socioeconomic statuses. All people. We still have more work to do to make sure every person with an eating disorder is seen, heard and provided with the support needed to recover.

In highlighting Not One More, we also showcase what is available to be gained.
More recovery.
More open discussion of eating disorders and other mental health conditions.
More focus on who we are as people versus our numbers.
More representation.
More laughter.
More love.
More voices.
More time to think about how to make the world safer and better for you, for me, for us all.

 

Walden Behavioral Care is a rapidly-growing, national mental healthcare system specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and mental health conditions. We are one of the only organizations in the country to welcome individuals of all ages and all genders at all levels of care. Since 2003, we have helped more than 20,000 individuals progress in their path to healing. With 15 locations and more than 450 dedicated care professionals across Connecticut, Massachusetts and in Georgia, we are committed to changing lives, one person at a time. Using evidence-based treatment, proven to support long-term recovery, we are passionate about providing all individuals with the specialized care they need and deserve.

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