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Butterfly Foundation

The Butterfly Foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image – a person with the illness, their family and their friends. As a leading national voice in supporting their needs, Butterfly highlights the realities of seeking treatment for recovery, and advocates for improved services from both government and independent sources.

As a national voice in supporting their needs, Butterfly Foundation highlights the realities of seeking treatment for recovery, and advocates for improved services from both government and independent sources.

Butterfly operates a national support line, 1800 33 4673, which is staffed by counsellors and psychologists experienced in assisting with eating disorders. It also provides a wide range of services for service providers and recovery groups. The support line is available Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm, except public holidays.

Because Butterfly recognises that eating disorders often arise from poor body image, it delivers a range of Positive Body Image workshops to schools and workplaces through its education program. It has a strong media presence to raise awareness of Butterfly’s perspective in community debates about body image and eating disorders.

Throughout its work Butterfly emphasises the critical importance of prevention and early intervention strategies in limiting the development of, and suffering from, negative body image and eating disorders. To expand knowledge in this field The Butterfly Research Institute commissions academic research projects and funds PhD research scholarships.
 

Helpline

  • Call 1800 ED HOPE / 1800 33 4673 (8am - midnight AEST / 7 days a week)
  • Web chat support
  • Check the website for more details

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Last reviewed: August 2018

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For Parents | The Butterfly Foundation

Body image is consistently reported as one of the top three concerns for young people in Australia

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Eating Disorder Recovery Programs | The Butterfly Foundation

Register to join a range of six-week programs offered for people experiencing eating disorders and their carers.

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Myths about Eating Disorders | The Butterfly Foundation

Eating Disorders are misunderstood and grossly under-estimated. A lack of understanding and stigma associated with mental health effect community responses to eating disorders.

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What is Anorexia Nervosa? | The Butterfly Foundation

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious, potentially life threatening mental illness. Development of Anorexia includes genetic, environmental, social and cultural factors. Restrictive dieting and excessive exercise can contribute to its onset.

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Butterfly's National Helpline Call 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673) | The Butterfly Foundation

A free and confidential service which provides information, counselling and treatment referral for eating disorders, disordered eating, body image and related issues. Operating 8am-12am AEST, 7 days a week (except national public holidays).

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Disordered Eating and Dieting | The Butterfly Foundation

Disordered eating can include behaviours which reflect many but not all of the symptoms of feeding and eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder...

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Understanding Eating Disorders | The Butterfly Foundation

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses with medical complications. There are a few types of eating disorders. It is important to remember that successful treatment and recovery from an eating disorder is possible.

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Young Family and Friends Support Group | The Butterfly Foundation

Are you aged 16-25 and know someone who has or may have an eating disorder or body image issue? Join our free online support group from anywhere in Australia and get support and guidance to help your friend, family and yourself.

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Butterfly Education | The Butterfly Foundation

Funded by the Victorian State Government, the Champions for Change Youth Leadership workshop aims to empower young people in regional and lower socio-economic areas of Victoria to become community champions and promote positive body image messaging to their peers

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Eating Disorder Support Groups | The Butterfly Foundation

Online support groups & face-to-face support groups for Australians experiencing an eating disorder or body image issues & their family and friends.

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