Today is Sock It To Eating Disorders day which means that it’s time to get out your silliest socks and post your #SockItSelfies on your social network channels to raise awareness of eating disorders.
The charity Beat estimate that there are over 1.6 million people suffering from diagnosed or undiagnosed eating disorders throughout the UK. Whats even more surprising is that there are more deaths from eating disorders than from any other mental illness, and it is estimated that as many as 10% of all sufferers die as a result of their condition.
Why not join thousands of others across the UK by wearing silly socks and taking selfies with your family, friends and work colleagues. Socks can include ones with stripes or ones with animals on or you can get a bit more creative and put on odd socks.
How to make a Sock It to Eating Disorders donation?
You can also make donations to “Beat” (Beating Eating Disorders) by making a cheque payable to Make cheques payable to ‘Beat’, and send to Beat, Wensum House, 103 Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, NR1 1DW. Please include your completed paying in slip from your fundraising pack.
You can also Donate online by credit/debit card or Paypal – just select ‘Sock It to Eating Disorders’ from the ‘I would like to donate to’ drop-down menu.
Alternatively call 01603 753335 to donate by credit/debit card or send a text message to 70070: EDAW17 £3. You can download any amount you wish.
Your donations will help Beat, answer more helpline calls and will help point people towards services which include a helpline, Online Support Groups, Message Boards and a Helpline directory so you can look up therapists, support groups and counsellors near you.
Check out the Beats Twitter feed for a great range of Sock It Selfies, and its not too late to add your own using #SockIt.
If you have a friend, family member or colleague who is worried about someone or who suffers from an eating disorder go to https://www.b-eat.co.uk for more information on how you can help to support them.
Never laugh at them or ignore them, this reaction will make them worse.
If you have taken part in any fundraising events, we would love to hear from you. Comment below or visit one of our social media channels.