May 26, 2023
Exploring the Experiences of Individuals Impacted by Eating Disorder Symptoms with a Virtual Support Program: A Canadian Qualitative Study
Maria Nicula, a McMaster University student, will be collaborating with Body Brave to explore users' perspectives and firsthand encounters with a low-barrier, stepped care virtual eating disorder support program.
To meet the growing need of services as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Body Brave partnered with Careteam Technologies to develop the Recovery Support Program (RSP). This PHIPA-compliant virtual service offers users a range of supportive modalities, including check-ins, self-guided support sessions, access to peer support services, and a wealth of resources promoting mental health literacy and guidance on accessing additional support tailored to their needs.
Through Maria's qualitative research study, we will gain invaluable insights into users' experiences and perspectives on the RSP. Using semi-structured qualitative interviews guided by the principles of qualitative description, Maria will delve deep into the lived realities of individuals navigating the program. Furthermore, she will collaborate closely with RSP users to gain a comprehensive understanding of the role of low-barrier, scalable, virtual care—such as the RSP—within the broader spectrum of eating disorder supports available to Canadians.
Jun 28, 2022
Participate in a study to understand the impact of COVID-19 on youths with an Eating Disorder.
Dr. Jennifer Couturier and her research team at McMaster University are now recruiting youth under 18 years of age, parents of youth under 18, clinicians, and program managers to join a research study and share their experiences with eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participation would include a 1-hr video interview and you would be compensated with a gift card.
For more information and to apply, click here: https://couturier.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8pRJR4fi8n8BWw6
If you have any questions, please reach out to the research coordinator, Danielle Pellegrini at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 4, 2022
OTF Helps Body Brave Deliver Tech-Based Eating Disorder Supports
MEDIA RELEASE | In May 2021, Body Brave received a $116,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. This support allowed the organization to successfully build and adapt their services to an online environment and improve their technological capacity to deliver community-based eating disorder support and treatment services across the province.
Apr 3, 2022
Innovations in early intervention for people with eating disorders
The treatment of eating disorders—suboptimal even before the pandemic—can be improved with primary care involvement, community support, and increased use of technology.
Mar 31, 2022
Challenges in eating disorder diagnosis and management among family physicians and trainees: a qualitative study
Family physicians are one of the first points of contact for individuals with eating disorders (EDs) seeking care and treatment, but training in this area is suboptimal and insufficient.
Jun 6, 2021
Eating disorders are spiking during the pandemic
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a serious public health crisis for people with eating disorders. In a recent article published by The Canadian Press (Jan 20, 2021), specialists from across Canada sounded the alarm about a dramatic increase in the number of adolescents seeking treatment. Many of these young people are very ill, at risk for dangerous medical complications of their eating disorder.”
Feb 22, 2021
Eating Disorders are Prevalent but Solvable, with Sonia Kumar, co-founder of Body Brave and the Body Peace Collaborative
“As someone with lived experience, and as a person of mixed colour, Sonia brings a unique perspective to addressing eating disorders as a mental health issue, raising up the voices of people with lived experience and seeking more equitable access and support.”
Sep 2, 2020
The Working Mind Features Sonia Kumar-Seguin
Sonia co-founded Body Brave with her mother Dr. Karen Trollope. It was a response to Sonia’s difficulties navigating the healthcare system in search of support during an 8-year battle living with an eating disorder.
Jul 23, 2020
Saying No To Diet Culture
“As soon as this pandemic is over, I am going on a diet. Got to get rid of the Covid 15!” How many of us have heard or read words like these? In our diet-obsessed culture, we are bombarded with images of the “before” and “after” bodies, usually linked with an ad for the latest diet.
Jul 16, 2020
Brave Letters campaign calls for greater recognition and resources for the treatment of eating disorders
“To help shine a light on eating disorders and the negative impact they can have on people, Body Brave is encouraging community members to engage in its letter-writing campaign. Dubbed Brave Letters, people are encouraged to write to Canadian politicians and demand support for community based treatments so people can access the help they need.”
Feb 26, 2020
Made-in-Hamilton event celebrates success of local women
“There are ways to support each other,” Kumar-Seguin, who is the executive director of Body Brave. “This type of event helps spread that awareness.”
“It’s really important for strong, successful women to be aware of their mental health,” she said. “Take care of yourself. It can only be good for your business.”
Oct 4, 2019
Hamilton doctor inspired by daughter’s struggle with eating disorder launches Body Peace conference
"Running Oct. 4 through Oct. 6, the eating disorders and body image-focused conference is hosted by Hamilton's Body Brave organization — run by Trollope-Kumar and her daughter, Sonia Kumar-Seguin — in partnership with the National Initiative for Eating Disorders."
Jun 2, 2019
World Eating Disorders Action Day spreads message of support and awareness
More than a million Canadians struggle with eating disorders yet there’s little help or support, report experts.
Today is World Eating Disorders Action Day, and advocates, health professionals, those affected and their families are highlighting why eating disorders can’t afford to wait.
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