WATERLIFE SUNSHINE COAST – 19 AUGUST 2017
“We need to bring this monster out of the shadows and stop it in its tracks If you can stop this beast before it really takes hold you can stop so much pain and suffering.”
endED is a not for profit community support organisation established on the Sunshine Coast, that is offering hope and guidance to the parents and carers of people with an eating disorder – ED.
Mark and Gay Forbes – together with a group of concerned parents – created endED out of necessity, being on the coalface of life as parents of two daughters who developed eating disorders – one of whom is still battling today.
“Our daughter doesn’t have an eating disorder. An eating disorder – ‘ED’ – has a hold on her, that we have tried desperately to break, and continue to do so,” Mark said.
“We see parents walk in to our support meetings with the weight of the world on their shoulders guilt, pain, suffering, anger. As a parent of a child with an eating disorder you don’t have to scratch the surface too hard to find all of those emotions and more”
The endED meetings are about helping parents realise they’re not alone – they provide a sense of belonging and realisation of support available. “Some parents can be reluctant to share their stories as in many ways this topic is still taboo, much like depression used to be,” Mark said. “We need to create more awareness, more support and more education in teaching people what to look out for before ED takes hold.”
“We need to bring this monster out of the shadows and stop it in its tracks If you can stop this beast before it really takes hold you can stop so much pain and suffering. There are many marriages and relationships that just don’t survive the stress and raw emotion and it’s a fact that unfortunately many with eating disorders don’t survive it either”
endED will be the beneficiary of 25 per cent of all monies raised through the Waterlife event. The fundraising will allow the not for profit organisation to work towards its major goal – the building of an endED House on the Sunshine Coast.
“We want to build a facility where we can have medical specialists offer consultations, counselling for sufferers and their families, ongoing support services and educational resources all under the one roof,” Mark said.
“Our mission is simple – we need to endED.”