National Partnership Between NEDA & SMH Brings Free Online Eating Disorder Screenings to the Public
By Susie Roman, MA, Director of Programs
NEDA is very excited to announce that we have partnered with Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) to launch www.MyBodyScreening.org, a website where people can take a free, anonymous self-assessment to gauge their risk of an eating disorder.
The anonymous SMH online screening takes only a few minutes and consists of a series of questions, developed by treatment professionals in the eating disorders field, which are designed to indicate whether clinical help is needed. The availability of such a “low pressure” first-step towards recovery is a vital tool. After completing a screening, participants (if indicated) receive referral information through NEDA’s Helpline for personal evaluation by a medical professional and treatment. There are two screenings available, one for college students – a particularly vulnerable demographic for the development of eating disorders – and a standard screening for other demographics.
During National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, NEDA sees a sharp rise in the number of people asking for treatment referrals online, on our Helpline and at live events sponsored at schools and other community outlets. This is an outstanding resource for people who may need help or know someone who may need help and don’t know where to begin. We are excited to partner with Screening for Mental Health to offer this unique, online resource!
If you are interested in hosting a eating disorders screening event for NEDAwareness Week, check out this handy guide to help make your event a success.