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Poll: 46% of Twitter Respondents Reported That Their School Has No Eating Disorders Resources

Olivia Clancy, Communications Intern

On September 21, NEDA asked Twitter to respond to the question “Does your school have eating disorder resources?” After collecting responses from 405 people, the results showed that the schools of nearly half of these respondents (46%) had no resources in place. The rest of the results were as follows: 14% said “Yes,” 17% said “Very few,” and 23% said “Not sure.”  

Unfortunately, the results seem to be consistent with mental health resources in schools nationally. According to 2010 data collected by the National Association of School Psychologists, there is a nationwide average of 1,300 students per one school psychologist. School counselors are faced with a similar dilemma as the average counselor in the country is responsible for 500 students, double what the American School Counselor Association recommends it should be.

The results of the Twitter poll and various studies demonstrate how difficult it can be for people struggling to reach out and seek treatment.

Luckily, NEDA is here to help. NEDA offers a variety of services such as an online screening tool, a confidential helpline and online chat option for those who prefer to instant message with our trained volunteers. In addition to these services, educators can find information about eating disorders as well as ways to support young people in our Educator Toolkit

Perhaps most importantly, NEDA offers a community full of hope. This is displayed through the annual NEDAwareness Week, nationwide conferences and walks, and various types of support networks. These events bring people together and remind everyone that it’s okay to ask for help. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, utilize the resources mentioned above and remember that you are not alone!

Olivia Clancy is a sophomore at New York University studying applied psychology and child and adolescent mental health studies. She plans on using her own experiences with mental illness to help others in her future career as a clinical psychologist.