There has been a great deal of comment in the media recently regarding the Netflix film, To The Bone. This film tells the story of 20 year old Ellen and her journey to recovery from anorexia nervosa. Whilst I am a strong advocator of conversation starters and the need for reduction of stigma surrounding family and mental health matters, it is important to consider that watching such a film can trigger a range of emotions and responses in its viewers.
Eating Disorders Victoria has a useful set of talking points which can be downloaded here that may help you as a potential viewer or as an advisor to others considering watching this movie decide if and how best to watch this semi-autobiographical account of one person’s battle with one particular type of eating disorder.
There are various centres and support services regionally in Australia to help those coping with or caring for those with eating disorders and I am listing below some helpline numbers that may be of use to in relation to eating disorders or more general support:
Support services available
- EDV Helpline – 1300 550 236
- The Butterfly Foundation – 1800 334 673
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- Headspace – 1800 650 890
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Suicide Line – 1300 651 251