National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Change can start at the local level

MHA Admin

Wed, 02/28/2024 – 15:40

by Aimee Resnick

Content warning: Eating disorders, anorexia. If you think you may be struggling with an eating disorder and want to check your symptoms, take the eating disorder screen.

National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week plays a crucial role in raising awareness about disordered eating. This year from Feb. 27-March 5th, individuals across the country will gather together to C.A.R.E: Continue the conversation, act early, strengthen recovery, and end the cycle. While national initiatives like NEDA Week are essential, the impact of local organizing efforts must not be underestimated.

Why NEDA Week is Important (to Me)

First, as someone who is in sturdy recovery from anorexia, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week holds a deeply personal significance. The week isn’t just about statistics or public awareness campaigns – it’s also a time when we come together to break the silence, debunk stereotypes, and let those who are struggling know that they are not alone.

Sharing my story contributes to a collective narrative that empowers others to seek support. By fostering open conversations, we can break down the pervasive stigma around eating disorders. NEDA Week is an optimistic reminder that recovery is possible for everyone.

Impact of Local Government Organizing

When local leaders publicly acknowledge the struggles faced by individuals like me and the 9% of the U.S. population who will have an eating disorder in their lifetime, it sends a powerful message of validation and support. A local government issuing a pProclamation, for example,s can also play a crucial role in allocating local resources for education, treatment, and supportive programming.

Knowing those in your community are ready to champion the cause of eating disorder awareness and strengthen support systems for survivors offers hope to those with an eating disorder and their loved ones.

How to Encourage Local Leaders to Take Action

Raise Awareness: Start by educating your local leaders about the impact of eating disorders. Provide them with statistics, personal stories, and information about NEDA Week. The more informed they are, the more likely they will be to take action.

Engage with Local Representatives: Attend town hall meetings, write letters, and engage with your local representatives to highlight the importance of recognizing NEDA Week. You can also request that they issue a proclamation to officially honor NEDA Week in your hometown. Make it easier for them by sharing sample proclamation text.

Mobilize your Community: Organize events, workshops, or panel discussions during NEDA Week. A visible and active community presence can capture the attention of local leaders and demonstrate the need for official recognition and support. Local events also provide a platform for survivors to share their stories and allow others to learn, empathize, and actively support those affected. Places like libraries, schools and colleges, and community centers may offer free or low-cost venue space, share the event on social media and with local media outlets.

No one has to face this battle alone. When we come together on a local level, we not only raise awareness of eating disorders but also send a powerful message that recovery is possible. NEDA Week is a pivotal moment to advocate for change together.

Aimee Resnick is a member of the 2023 Mental Health America Youth Policy Accelerator and a founder of the Colorado Alliance for Size Equity.


The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will house a “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center, that will provide case management, mental health community advocacy, and oversight from the M.I. Mother’s Keeper mental health advocates. 
The Capital City Emergency “Level II” Trauma & Wellness Center will offer patrons access to immediate coverage by general surgeons as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care.
Our goal is to help people in the best way possible in an effort to preserve and to save more lives in the Nation’s Capital and beyond.

Follow Capital City Emergency Trauma & Wellness Center's success:

Sign up to receive updates


Code Red
Gunshot Victim
Life Threatening Wounds
Physical Assault Victim
Severely Injured Auto Accident Victim
Burn Victim
Choking & Breathing Obstructions
and more…


Child Sex Assault Victim
Domestic Violence Victim
Drug Overdose
Rape/Sex Crime Victim
Suicide Watch
Trafficking Victim
Nervous Breakdown
and more…

Mental Health

At Capital City Emergency Trauma & Wellness Center patrons with mental health emergencies that include life threatening situations in which an individual is imminently threatening harm to self or others, severely disoriented or out of touch with reality, has a severe inability to function or is otherwise distraught and out of control, will have access to quality and psychiatric emergency services and referrals.

Physical Health

Whether your life threatening medical emergency involves excessive or uncontrollable bleeding, head injury. difficulty with breathing, severe pain, heart attack, vision impairments, stroke, physically collapsing, or seizure related, rest assured that our professionals will properly assess and evaluate the level of response that will be most needed to help provide stabilized care solutions and minimize complications as well as reduce early mortality.

Holistic Healthcare

We offer healthcare solutions that will support the whole person which includes their physical, psychological, emotional, social, & spiritual wellbeing. Research supports that because your mental state can affect your overall health we support and offer the inclusion of complimentary and alternative medicine(CAM) practitioners and naturopathic doctor recommendations and referrals as a part of our Outreach Community Resource Center’s care regimen and support.


Emergency care can typically result in traumatic injuries for which rehabilitation becomes an essential component of care in trying to achieve the best long-term outcomes for the patient. In addition to speeding up recovery times and helping to prevent further complications, rehabilitative care also helps to support a patient’s self-managed recovery once discharged from our facility. Our Outreach Community Resource Center works closely with our trauma center’s discharge department to assure that patrons requiring these services are linked with qualified professionals who will be accountable to the standard of care required to help the patron be successful in their recovery.

Social Services

Our “state of the art” Outreach Community Resource Center intends to promote “expansive” beneficial community enriching services, programs, case management, & linkage to “approved” partner resources and supports in all of the following intended areas and more:

Social Services

  • Clothing
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing/Shelter
  • I.D. Credentials
  • Senior Wellness Check
  • Toiletries
  • Transportation
  • Etc.

Extended Family Services

  • Child Care
  • Credit Counseling
  • Family Court Services
  • Legal Aide

Career Training

  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Computer/Graphics Training
  • Culinary Program  
  • GED Courses
  • Hospitality Training
  • Job Etiquette & Grooming
  • Resume’ Prep
  • Sales Training
  • Software/Technology workshops
  • Small Business Training

Return Citizen
Program Partner
(Bridging the Gap)

  • Case Management
  • Temporary Boarding/Housing
  • Transitional Program Registration

Prevention/Intervention Outreach,
Workshops, & Programs

  • After-school Behavioral Health Program
  • Civic Engagement / Volunteer Sign-up
  • Fatherhood Rites of Passage
  • Gun Violence Town Hall Forum
  • Life Coaching & Coping Strategies
  • Marriage Counseling Workshops
  • Medicare Informational Workshops
  • Mentorship Training
  • Parental Classes
  • Support Groups
  • Town Hall Discussions
  • Violence De-Escalation Training
  • Voter Registration

Nutritional Outreach

  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Dietary Programs
  • Exercise Classes
  • Recipe Sharing Workshops
  • Meal Prep

Community Outreach

The Healthy DC & Me Leadership Coalition is partnering with the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health advocacy organization to provide outreach services on the community level as an aid in reducing the existent health inequities that many District citizens are facing as a direct result of the presence of debilitating social determinants and the lack of culturally appropriate care choices and realities for community members residing in marginalized and lower-income communities.

It is the vision and intentions of the M.I. Mother’s Keeper Mental Health Advocates organization to help improve the quality of living for citizens living in our Nation’s Capital and beyond by overseeing the delicate linkage to services and by maintaining higher standards of care accountability for deserving citizens of the Nation’s Capital.

For more information or to enroll as one of our service providers, please email us at: