Your voice matters! By advocating for change at every level – from your local community to national policy – you have the power to make a real difference in the lives of those affected by eating disorders.

It is estimated that 2.7 million Canadians suffer from eating disorders with the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

The risk is most pronounced among females aged 15-24, and this issue has been heightened since the COVID-19 pandemic. If not treated early, eating disorders persist into adulthood.

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is one of the deadliest psychiatric eating disorders. Among the deaths of individuals with AN, an estimated 1 in 5 were the result of suicide.

In Canada, it is estimated that approximately 1000 to 1500 individuals die from AN or Bulimia Nervosa each year. This is not considering other eating disorders, or deaths due to secondary complications of an eating disorder.

Speak Out, Act Now: Advocate for better eating disorder resources

Reach out to Ontario Health, your local MPs, MPPs, or Ministers for support, advocacy material and relevant calls to action.

Join and cultivate connection

Engage with a supportive community like BANA, CMHA, The Looking Glass Foundation, NEDIC, etc

Take care of yourself

Prioritize self care and seek support when needed.

Connect with Local, Regional and Provincial Advocacy Organizations

Reach out to groups like NEDIC, NIED, CMHA, FEAST … they are here for you!

The information on this page was compiled with the assistance of the Pro Bono Students Canada Program Coordinators program, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor

In partnership with Windsor Essex Community Health Centre – Teen Health, BANA provides a centralized intake service to residents of Windsor-Essex. Intake services are provided free of charge to all ages. By streamlining inquiries and access to treatment, this allows our team to provide continuity in care.

Begin your journey today by following the instructions below.