This month's conversation focused on the following topics around "helping without harming:"

  •  Three pillars to guide us in supporting our loved one includes (1) Listen (2) Respond (3) Respect.
  •  Listen: understand ED are a brain disease and aren't rational; listen without the need for offering solutions; listen to what's not being said; stay way from taking things personal and becoming defensive.
  • Respond: advocate for treatment; affirm your love and support; stay away from comments around body/food as indicators of getting better; cultivate conversation and community that supports their self-discovery.
  • Respect: respect your loved one's journey of self-discovery, and their process of creating new beliefs and values, even if they differ from you own.