27 September 2017 – Pregnancy is the eating disorder trigger that no one ever talks about. In speaking of Sheena’s Place, Deborah Berlin-Romalis explains that a “huge part of the struggle and suffering for people with eating disorders happens in isolation. We want women to feel comforted, supported and understood by knowing that there are other moms who are going through exactly what they are. When they come through the door, no one is judging them as a mother.”
15 November 2016 – RogersTV host of Daytime Toronto Nina Spencer spoke in depth with Deborah Berlin-Romalis about eating disorders and the increasingly wide variety of support programs offered at Sheena’s Place.
Our executive director, Deb-Berlin Romalis acted as a consultant and co-author for this informative article by Denise Davy for Parents Canada. The article discusses the important topic of how to spot the signs of an eating disorder, as well as how to talk to your child about eating disorders. It’s so important that parents receive support and education around what to be aware of with eating disorders/disordered eating, as well as how to support a child they may be worried about!
Watch from 28:10- 38:01 on January 27th, as our friend, Jay Walker shares about his personal experience with an eating disorder. Jay speaks eloquently about the struggles he faced, the moment he knew he had to reach out for help, and his road to recovery. Sheena’s Place is honoured to be mentioned by Jay when asked about options for people who feel they are struggling with an eating disorder and need support. It’s wonderful to see more people, especially men, speaking out about this since, contrary to misconception, it does not just affect women but affects all genders. Let’s continue the conversation about mental health not just today on Let’s Talk Day, but every day!
Please read and share the important article and interview “When the impulse to be thin never grows old: Middle-aged women also suffer from deadly eating disorders” which discusses the growing demands placed on older women and the prevalence of eating disorders among this population.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make our annual Sparkle Party fundraiser such a success! It was a completely sold-out event, with over 500 tickets purchased to support Sheena’s Place. The evening was hosted by Jeanne Beker, and even drew attention from other celebrities including Justin Ryan and Colin McAllister, Marilyn Denis, and The Social’s Melissa Grelo, Lainey Lui, and Cynthia Loyst.
We hosted the event at the gorgeous Aga Khan museum, hosting private tours for VIP ticket holders. We also held a silent auction, offering incredible prizes from a variety of generous donors and sponsors and had an incredible performance from Juno award winner Tomi Swick.
Finally, we used the evening as an opportunity to acknowledge the generous grant that Sheena’s Place received through Bell’s Let’s Talk Community Fund to support men’s programming.
Check out the spread in Hello! magazine, covering the Sparkle Party!