May 2013 E-Newsletter

EDRC Goes to Washington, D.C. for Spring Lobby Day

EDRC volunteer Emily Caruthers, LMFT, participated in the Eating Disorder Coalition’s (EDC) Spring Lobby day on April 17th in Washington, DC. Emily and over 100 participants educated the House and Senate offices on eating disorders, gained new sponsors for the FREED Act, and built relationships with Congress.

Specifically, the EDC met with staffers from the following offices: Senator Ron Wyden (OR), Congressman Brad Sherman (CA), Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR), and Congressman Jared Huffman (CA). Representative Ted Deutch (FL) agreed to introduce the FREED Act and to champion for those with eating disorders. To view the congressional briefing, click hereYour voice matters – learn more about how to get involved here.

Emily with EDC Executive Director, David Jaffe

Strong Girls, Strong Women Leadership Conference

EDRC participated in the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy first ever leadership conference on May 4th, targeting Latina high school girls. The program reached over 300 people and included the screening of Jennifer Newsom’s film, Miss Representation. EDRC arranged for Terryann Sanders, LMFT and Ariel Whitlock, MFTI to lead one of the breakout workshops: “What’s a Girl to Believe? Choosing a Positive Body Image.”

“Having the participation of EDRC gave strength and depth to Strong Girls, Strong Women conference and enriched everyone who participated. My very best to you and to all the dedicated staff of EDRC.”  – Louise Persson, AAUW

Ariel Whitlock, LMFT and Terryann Sanders, LMFT

Silicon Valley Premiere of Someday Melissa

On April 8th, EDRC partnered with San Jose State University and Center for Hope of the Sierras to host the screening of Someday Melissa, a documentary of a young girl who died of a heart attack after a five-year battle with bulimia. A panel of experts – Ariel Whitlock, MFTI, Emily Caruthers, LMFT, Kristen Malen, M.S., CPC-I, CRC, and Yu-Ping Huang, SJSU – answered questions from students and community members about eating disorders, treatment, and insurance coverage.

“The Someday Melissa film screening and panel discussion offered not only SJSU students, staff, and faculty, but also the community at large an opportunity to become more familiar with and informed about eating disorders.” -Cassie Alvarado, MS, RD, SJSU

Dr. Brian Holt Presents to Psychiatrists

On April 5th, Brian Holt, MD, MPH from Center for Discovery, presented “The Role of Psychopharmacology in Treating Eating Disorders” to the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds at Valley Medical Center. Thank you to Medical Director, Tiffany Ho, MD, for making this presentation possible.

“Thanks very much to all of you for the very valuable presentation; many of our staff have requested eating disorder resource information…I’m looking forward to further coordination with EDRC over time.” – Anthony Cozzolino, MD, Medical Director VMC

Volunteer Spotlight – Kristen Lohse

Kristen Lohse came on board with EDRC in January to lead a support group and to spearhead the fourth annual Every Body’s Beautiful Essay Contest.  Kristen is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. consortium program, where she is involved in both research and clinical work in the area of eating disorders.

“I wanted to get involved with EDRC after learning about the work they are doing for the community in regards to outreach, education and support for those struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. I want to do what I can to help close the gap between the resources available and sufferers. I feel so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful and noble organization.”  -Kristen Lohse

Along with coordinating the essay contest, Kristen represents EDRC at professional presentations and networking events.  She helps mentor student volunteers and recently started a new support group for sufferers on the 3rd Wednesday of every month in Los Gatos. View our complete support group listings here.

Every Body’s Beautiful Essay Contest – Results Are In!

This year, 62 middle and high school students from 38 different schools throughout Silicon Valley participated in the contest, which gives students a chance to share their view of beauty and how the media and culture impacts their perspective. High school and middle school students were graded separately – Thank you to Kristen, our volunteers, and our esteemed judges:  Darcie Green, Kaiser; Mary Gottschalk, Bay Area News Group; Joe Rodriguez, Mercury News; Louise Persson, AAUW; Khalida Sarwari, Campbell Reporter; and Carmine Drohan. First place winners won $300; second place earned $200; and third place winners were awarded $100. Read more about the contest here.

Middle School Winners:

1st Place: Victoria Huynh, Grade 8, Thomas Russell Middle School, Milpitas
2nd Place: Nazel Camille Flores, Grade 8, Rancho Milpitas Middle School, Milpitas
3rd Place: Andres Rocha, Grade 8, Adelante Dual Language Academy, San Jose

High School Winners:

1st Place: Christine Qin, Grade 12, Milpitas High School, Milpitas
2nd Place: Shannon O’Hara, Grade 9, Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose
3rd Place: Sabrina Ma, Grade 11, Independence High School, San Jose

A special thank you to Santa Clara County Library District for partnering to promote the essay contest.

From Left: Janice Bremis, EDRC; Sabina Ma, Independence High School; Darcie Green, Kaiser Government Affairs; Christine Qin, Milpitas High School; at Mexican Heritage Plaza

In the News

Binge Eating Disorder Gets its Due through inclusion in the new DSM-5, giving it official recognition as a psychiatric diagnosis!

Due to limited funding, mental health patients often go more than two years before receiving treatment – the result can be fatal.  One parent speaks out, MSNBC News.

EDRC was featured in an article in the May issue of O Magazine: “Not Your Daughter’s Eating Disorder.”

Thank You to eBay and SCCMAA

A special thank you to eBay Foundation GIVE Team for their donation of $2,500 toward our monthly support groups.  These groups help members “gain group support,” “learn different ways of thinking and coping,” “gain a better understanding of themselves,” and “learn about additional resources and educational opportunities.”  With your vital support, these individuals are on their way toward recovery and healing.

We also want to thank Santa Clara County Medical Association Alliance (SCCMAA) for choosing EDRC as one of the first grant recipients of its newly formed Foundation.  Funds received will go toward supporting our community education program.

Save the Date!

June 3 – Opening of The Healthy Teen Project, the first and only teen partial hospital and intensive outpatient program in Silicon Valley

June 4 – Free screening of the award-winning documentary, The Shaken Tree: Families Living with Mental Illness.

June 7 – NEDA Walk in San Francisco. Sign up to donate or volunteer here.

June 14 at Center for Discovery – Celebrating the Fremont treatment center’s 1 Year Anniversary! View flyer.

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