Earlier this year, Anorexia and Bulimia Quebec (ANEB) launched a bilingual texting service for teens and young adults. The service targets youth in the 14 to 20-year-old age range who are struggling with an eating disorder or are experiencing a difficult relationship with their body or with food.
ANEB is seeking to reach more young people by adopting their preferred communication channels. A U.S. study conducted with 800 teens aged 12 to 17 underlines the importance of texting in this age bracket. Half of the study participants said they sent more than 50 text messages a day, or 1,500 a month.
ANEB’s texting service will be available Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Young people will be able to ask questions or get support or referrals for themselves, a friend or a family member. Outside these hours, they have access to ANEB’s helpline and online chat services.
The new texting service is in addition to the services already offered by ANEB thanks to generous financial contributions from BELL LET’S TALK and FONDATION CASSE-TÊTE who are particularly concerned about mental health and the well-being of our young people. “BELL LET’S TALK is pleased to help ANOREXIA AND BULIMIA QUÉBEC extend its reach to young people with eating disorders in Québec,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of BELL LET’S TALK.” By adding new ways to reach out, ANEB is helping to further improve access for young people in search of critical information and support.”
ANOREXIA AND BULIMIA QUÉBEC is a non-profit that has served Québec for over 30 years. Its mission is to ensure that immediate, specialized care and support is provided free of charge to sufferers of an eating disorder and their loved ones.