Serve one another in love.
As a Project HEAL Ambassador, I am dedicated to the prevention and recovery of eating disorders through raising awareness, education, and access to treatment. I’m also very outspoken about how destructive diet culture’s message in society is and preach to develop an anti-dieting mentality. In addition, I advocate for positive self-image, self-love, and moving one’s body to feel good and for enjoyment rather than exercise for punishment.
I became involved in Project Heal as a National Ambassador for many reasons. I want to spread the word about eating disorders and mental health as much as possible! I want to raise money for people suffering to go to treatment because everyone should be able to get treatment if they want/need regardless of insurance, stipulations, weight, etc. Plus, Project Heal hits so close to my heart and my life story that I want to be involved in any way I can to reach as many people as I can to help anyone with an eating disorder in any way possible.
I have overcome a 12-year battle with various eating disorders and understand the frustration of how isolating an eating disorder can feel, how it literally takes over the person’s whole being without them realizing it, and how much it affects not only the individual, but their family and friends as well. I want others to know they are not alone on their journey. I also want to help people close to anyone with an eating disorder (family, friends) become more educated on this under-educated mental illness, ie: how it affects a person, how to help, where to go for information, what habits/behaviors to look/watch for, etc. so they can get more involved in a healthier way to help the recovery process of their loved one. Ultimately, I want people to know that recovery is possible.
What is PH?
The founders of Project HEAL, Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran, met while undergoing treatment for anorexia nervosa at just 13-years-old. The two girls helped each other to reach full recovery, and decided to help others achieve it as well.
In the spring of 2008, both at the age of 15, they founded Project HEAL to raise money for others suffering with eating disorders who want to recover but are unable to afford treatment. Insurance coverage for eating disorders is severely lacking, leaving many unable to get the help they need.
In 2017, Project HEAL expanded our mission to make a larger impact. In addition to providing assistance in accessing treatment, we are now strengthening early intervention and recovery support through our new peer mentorship program, Communities of HEALing.
Project Heal’s Values:
EVERYONE DESERVES HEALING
We believe that all people who struggle with food and body should be able to get the support and care that they need to heal, regardless of age, gender identity, race, ability, or financial means.
PATIENTS ARE EXPERTS
We believe that the people best equipped to identify the needs in eating disorder treatment and care are those who have direct experience of these systems, and we are committed to seeking guidance from patients and families in developing our programs and strategy.
LISTENING TO THE LOCALS
We believe that every community is unique, and that local communities have the power to identify and meet their own needs. We are committed to supporting local leaders in developing adaptive strategies that respond to the unique needs of their communities.
EVALUATION MAKES US SMARTER
We believe that our work should be informed by the latest research, and we are committed to creating and rigorously evaluating programs, and to shifting gears when a better strategy presents itself.
To learn more about Project HEAL, donate, or apply for a grant you may contact me or visit: www.theprojectheal.org.
To read more on their blog: https://www.theprojectheal.org/healblog/
To get involved: https://www.theprojectheal.org/intern/