Weʼre raising £2,000 to Help vulnerable, isolated people suffering from Eating Disorders with treatment costs. This funding will help us for 1 year.
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If you really need treatment and can’t afford it what choice do you have?
A hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says that a voice was once heard commanding a cloud to irrigate a man’s garden. When the man was asked what he did with the garden, he replied that he estimated the produce of his garden. Then he distributed one-third to charity, kept one-third for himself and his family, and invested one-third back into the garden.
Just as Allah (swt) sent a cloud for this man who gave to the poor, Allah will also provide for us in miraculous ways if we give what we love for the pleasure of Allah and in the service of mankind. As the hadith beautifully illustrates, Allah replaces what we give and multiplies it.
The notion of giving, especially giving and helping those in need, is so entrenched in Islam.
“Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over? And it is Allah who withholds and grants abundance, and to Him you will be returned.”
(The Holy Qur’an, 2:245)
Global eating disorder statistics increased from 3.4% to 7.8%.Hospital admissions for eating disorders increased by 84% in the last five years. Eating Disorders are the most underrepresented and most misunderstood mental illness of our times. Children and young people with eating disorders are the worst affected. We can’t afford to put off conversations about mental health.
Dr Dasha Nicholls, who chaired the development of the Medical Emergencies in Eating Disorders Guidelines, said:
“Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating don’t discriminate, and can affect people of any age and gender. They are mental health disorders, not a ‘lifestyle choice’, and we shouldn’t underestimate how serious they are.
The stigma attached to mental illness is very real and it causes many people to suffer in silence. Eating Disorders remains the endemic people aren’t talking about.
The consequences of decades of indifference toward mental health as a critical component of one’s well-being are becoming more and more evident. Today, millions continue to suffer in silence or without the necessary resources or support required to get the help they need.
One of the biggest global crises in generations, the COVID-19 pandemic has had severe and far-reaching repercussions for health systems, economies and societies.
Mental health has been widely affected and millions people have fallen below the poverty line. A great number of people have reported psychological distress and symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress.
Some groups of people have been affected much more than others.
In contrast to other mental health disorders, eating disorders have no drug treatments, only psychological therapies and, for anorexia, medical interventions to re-nourish the body. Controlled studies have shown cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to be the most effective treatment for adults with bulimia and binge-eating disorder. Other forms of psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy” — such as interpersonal therapy and psychodynamic therapy, which both focus on relationships — can also be effective at treating eating disorders. And for adolescents with anorexia, family-based therapy is the gold standard.
Many people can't afford treatment whether living in East or West, eating disorders has financial, physical, personal and societal costs. Inpatient eating disorder treatment is expensive. Some programs can cost upwards of $30,000 to $40,000 per month. Each person's needs are different, but treatment can take three months or longer.
Islam and Eating Disorders
Islam and Eating Disorders came into being in 2012. The aim of the website is to create awareness of Eating Disorders in Muslim World, to erase stigma and to provide information and support. Since 2012, Alhamdulilah we have been successful in our work.
However, since COVID we've really struggled to help people. People suffering from Eating Disorders or any mental illness, have a right to health care and we believe mental health care should be an essential government service.
Our mission is to talk about Eating Disorders to reduce the stigma. If your society isn’t talking about it, then who is? As someone who has seen lives being destroyed, families torn apart, my devotion to this cause is extremely personal, just like it is for so many other people.
Our people are from across the globe from Palestine to USA to Indonesia to Somali Land. They cant afford the treatment and have been suffering in silence for years now.
These people can't afford online therapies as per session online can cost anything from $65-$450 per session. Help should be available to all.
We are very fortunate to have a centre in Pakistan, Lahore Rainbow Eating Disorder Centre that is working with us to help save lives.
The consultation costs $25
Dietitian session costs $11
Psychological session costs $14
An individual on average will need between 10-15 psychological sessions and 4 dietary sessions .
We really need help as struggling with an eating disorder can be a long and painful process — and an expensive one.
Your financial gift gives sufferers hope for a second chance at life by removing financial barriers to, growing and diversifying our mission, and supporting life-saving work.
Together, we can support every person in need.
My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last.
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Maha Khan1 month ago
Dear Friends Jazakallah for all your support. We can't thank you enough. We can't thank you enough for supporting us at time when world is going through a major catastrophe. We have urgent humanitarian crisis on our hands. Your donations will help people suffering from eating disorders get a new lease of life. insha'Allah these people will then pay it forward by helping people in need. We can't express how much we needed this support. Money is limited But human spirit and duas are unlimited Please keep us in your prayer.
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