Program Renovation in Progress
Danielle’s Place has proudly served as an eating disorder resource centre for many years providing valuable services to youth and adults.
As part of the next chapter for Danielle’s Place, the parent company ROCK, has conducted a consultation and review process with families, our staff, Halton service providers and disordered eating resource centres in other regions.
We have learned that a central challenge in developing and providing assistance at the community level is the lack of sustained funding for community-based resource and support centres. Eating disorder support centres currently receive little or no public funding and depend on fundraising efforts to keep the doors open. Danielle’s Place is no exception. As a result, time and energy is spent looking for funding and many centres live month to month.
We know that there is an increasing need, and lack of, prevention and early intervention services for children and youth that are wrestling with the continuum of issues from early body image challenges, disordered eating and clinical eating disorders.
The onset of eating disorders are becoming apparent in younger individuals and affecting both male and female populations, the needs and demands for intervention (primary, secondary and tertiary levels) are only increasing. Current intensive treatment in hospitals focuses on medical stabilization and re-feeding. This “one size fits all” approach is successful in only 25% of eating disorder cases, and therefore requires a wider net of support and pathways to and from medical programs.
Over the next four months, ROCK will be exploring the introduction of new programs that serve the range of need for people challenged by food and weight preoccupation, and disordered eating, adding additional programs that target early intervention and prevention and bringing more of the strength of mental health programming that ROCK is known for.
We will use this time strategically to renovate and improve our prevention programming, and increase our capacity to collaborate with specialized resources. We will advocate for the provision of sustained funding for Danielle’s Place in our community.