Screening for Mental Health – National ED Screening Program
February 29, 2012 by Deanna James, LPC, CEDS in Announcements, Castlewood In the News, Recommended Websites
The National Eating Disorders Screening Program (NEDSP) is implemented during Eating Disorders Awareness Week and was held for the first time on more than 600 college campuses February 5-11, 1996. This year over 130 colleges and universities are offering the NEDSP in -person screening events and approximately 350 schools currently offer a customized eating disorder online screening program. Each NEDSP event allows students to take an eating disorder screening, receive educational materials and resources and talk to a professional; all anonymously.
NEDSP represents the first large scale screening for eating disorders. The program includes an educational presentation on eating disorders and/or related topics (body image, nutrition, etc.), a written screening test and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a health professional. It also provides individuals with information about how to help friends or family members who may be suffering from an eating disorder. NEDSP’s national office provides each site with materials for the screening and ideas for ways the program can be modified for use by colleges, hospitals, schools, or eating disorders clinics.
The National Eating Disorders Screening Program materials focus on the three main types of eating disorders – anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. The goal of the program is to both raise the level of awareness about eating disorders and to encourage people who may be suffering from eating disorders to seek further help and treatment. Participating sites are encouraged to network with community groups and other internal departments, thereby creating liaisons which can continue to be utilized throughout the year. In this way, NEDSP serves as a catalyst for ongoing outreach about eating disorders and other illnesses.
Castlewood Treatment Center is proud to be a sponsor of the NEDSP this year as part of National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Castlewood is also a part of the Highlighted Resource Guide that provides information on Eating Disorder treatment programs that meet the Screening for Mental Health's program guidelines. We support the NEDSP for all that it does to promote Eating Disorder Awareness and provide resources to the community.