Over 24 million Americans battle eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Many of those suffering ultimately lose their battle, but there is hope.
The cornerstone of our efforts is the film, “Someday Melissa, the story of an eating disorder, loss and hope.” It’s our desire that through the film, speaking engagements, this website, and educational materials, we will provide a beacon of hope to those suffering with their own disorder.
It is with great peace that I share the news that the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is now the exclusive distributor of Someday Melissa.
When I began making Someday Melissa I never could have imagined the impact that Melissa’s story, my family’s story, would have on the world of eating disorders. When the idea of making the documentary was presented to me just months after losing Melissa, I reached out to Lynn Grefe, the President & CEO of NEDA, for advice on whether I should do it. We had spoken and emailed …
Facebook Message from Kate Ryan Singer to Judy Avrin
July 27, 2013
I have followed Someday Melissa for years now- probably since its earliest pieces became public, but it was at the first screening in NYC that I became consciously aware of what it really meant to me. As the film ended and audience members began introducing themselves, I started to notice that each person identified him/herself by a connection to the Eating Disorder Community.
At the time, I was in very early recovery, perhaps on the edge of another relapse. I realized in …
On June 3rd, 2013, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden held the National Conference on Mental Health to bring greater awareness to issues surrounding mental health in the United States. President Obama acknowledged that while mental health advocates continue to speak out, there is still great shame and silence surrounding the issue. Compared to physical illness and disease, open discussion of mental illness continues to carry stigma.
“We all know somebody — a family member, a friend, a neighbor — who has struggled or will struggle with mental health issues at …