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As the first peer mentorship program for people with eating disorders, fully recovered peers serve as mentors - providing support and accountability while modeling that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible.
Project HEAL is the leading non-profit in the US delivering prevention services, treatment–financing, and recovery support for people with eating disorders.The statistics are staggering: roughly 10 percent of Americanssuffer from eating disorders – that’s 30 million people. Despite its prevalence, most people with eating disorders to not receive treatment due to lack of insurance coverage, high costs of care, and stigma. The severity of the disease, coupled with significant barriers to care, has led to a crisis – eating disorder mortality rates are higher than for any other mental illness.
For those who do receive care, the current treatment model consists of intensive and acute stays at residential centers or hospitals. Following discharge, there are few cost-effective opportunities for lower levels of care that can follow a patient on their path to recovery, which often takes several years. For this reason, relapse rates in the first year following treatment are as high as 50 percent.
To address this issue, Project HEAL developed Communities of HEALing, the first peer mentorship program for people with eating disorders. Fully recovered peers serve as mentors – providing support and accountability while modeling that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible.