This week is dedicated to a cause near and dear to my heart: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. As a psych minor and person in recovery, I’ve learned a lot about this illness in and out of the classroom, and especially their prevalence on college campuses.
So, I want to use this week to talk about DePaul’s resources and also what the school has been doing in honor of spreading awareness!
DePaul’s own counseling services (UCS
) is made up of a team of psychologists, psychiatrists, externs and an urgent care specialist. In addition to one-on-one counseling, they offer a few group therapies, like an anxiety and depression group, a relationship group, and a women's group.
Additionally, the campus gym, The Ray, has classes dedicated to promoting self-care and mindfulness, like their weekly meditation every Wednesday from 12:30-1pm, and the multiple yoga classes they offer each week.
Specifically this week, DePaul showed their care by holding a Love Your Body Yoga class Tuesday, February 28th at The Ray
, and right now the student center has pieces of paper taped to the walls with positive encouragements about self-love (picture below).
NEDA week is a super important time to show love for yourselves and your peers in honor of the disorder with the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. It’s one that comes with a lot of stigma, misunderstandings, and lack of treatment, and that’s exactly why this week happens!
The store Aerie also showed a lot of support, selling shirts that said “strong beautiful me” that went to supporting NEDA.
If you or someone you know needs support, check out DePaul’s resources, or take this screening online
Happy NEDA week! :)