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Training & Empathy

Training & Empathy

An eating disorder isn’t easily fixed.
But it can be better understood and supported, whilst maintaining the goal of helping sufferers achieve full recovery. 
Part of our focus here at Wednesday’s Child is to ensure all schools, medics, businesses, individuals and families can gain the level of knowledge and awareness they feel will aid the support of someone, or will simply add to their understanding.

Take a read of the kinds of training we offer for various audiences.



We appreciate how challenging it must be to feel you are unable to immediately alter the course of someone’s experience of an eating disorder.

Wednesday’s Child has been designed to ensure that a GP or a supporting health professional can feel truly ‘enabled’ within their care of someone in the community.

We draw on both lived experience, and a network of experienced healthcare professionals, to help you in supporting your patient’s journey.

Our training is ideal for General Practitioners, registered nurse practitioners, community healthcare assistants, frontline A&E staff, and dental staff.

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Throughout a person’s learning years, we know that eating disorders are a significant risk.

From primary school, through to university, there’s a great deal of cause for anxiety and stress, not to mention changes to body composition, relationships, and emotional pressures.

Little wonder, perhaps, that one in five schoolchildren are thought to experience an eating disorder.

We educate teachers, pastoral care leads, and sports coaches in what to spot, and when to act. We also lead focused sessions for school-aged children.

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Families & Peers

It shouldn’t be taken for granted that as a parent, peer or partner, you will automatically know what to say or how to act, if someone you love has or is developing an eating disorder.

We provide training and support events to enable you to play a positive role in the person’s life, and to help you understand how an eating disorder manifests, what challenges you’ll face when recovery begins, and the importance of taking care of yourself.

Family therapy is known to be enormously successful, so aiding your understanding is crucial.

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Not got an employee or colleague in the grip of an eating disorder? Really?

Perhaps not. But there may well be someone in your workplace who is performing the role of carer for an eating disorder sufferer – alongside managing their daily work demands.

We help businesses understand more about eating disorders, look at how they can support colleagues, and provide ways in which our wellbeing boxes could form a light touch opportunity to express care.

As a commercial organisation, your commitment to understanding this mental health illness is received with great respect and gratitude.

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