Mission and Vision
EDANI exists to provide support, information and understanding nationally to people with eating disorders as well as their families and friends. We endeavour to promote awareness amongst decision makers, whether politicians, civil servants, the voluntary sector or the general public.
Our vision is that people affected by eating disorders will have their needs met through the provision of appropriate and integrated services delivered by a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. We continue to encourage and support a multi-disciplinary approach to the care of eating disorder patients.
Our mission is to challenge the root causes of eating disorders and to improve the quality of life for people affected by this devastating condition. We hope to achieve this by being proactive in meeting needs, by being successful in influencing government policy and by promoting understanding of these disorders within society. EDANI supports a process of recovery, allowing the individual to develop their own strategies in order to live a fulfilling life beyond the challenges of an eating disorder. This approach focuses on easy access to a range of support services.
· To change the way people think and talk about eating disorders
· To improve the way services and treatments are provided
· To support sufferers and their families, assuring them that those affected can make a full recovery
· Drop-in center in Belfast City Centre
· 24 hour helpline
· Monthly support groups for sufferers, their families and their friends
· Awareness -raising workshops available for schools, youth clubs and community groups
· Training programs for professionals
· Ongoing awareness raising
· Facilitating focus groups on behalf of the Public Health Agency to increase service-user participation within the development of services and pathways
· Facilitation and support to research focused on eating disorders in Northern Ireland
Development and the Future
As a small organisation we acknowledge and recognise the need to further develop and work in partnership with fellow eating disorder groups to ensure that those living with eating disorders in Northern Ireland have access to better support and services. We will continue to work closely with these organisations and liaise with policy makers, relevant state bodies and healthcare professional to advocate for the development and expansion of services here in Northern Ireland. We will continue to speak out and address the stigma that surrounds these disorders to ensure a safer space for those with eating disorders.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Department of Health & Social Services and the Health & Social Care Board for their continued support of our work. We continue to seek their help to increase service provision for those affected by eating disorders through the full implementation of the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability.