Outreach & Education

Webinars & Events

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Past Webinars

Neurodiversity and Eating Disorders: Considerations for Affirming Care
Recording available soon

Social Media & Eating Disorders: A Panel Discussion
May 17, 2022

Navigating Diet and Exercise Culture with Children and Youth
March 30, 2022

Harm Reduction & Eating Disorders
March 23, 2022

Dental Care Tips While Experiencing an Eating Disorder
January 13, 2022

Eating Disorders & Food Insecurity: Cooking Demonstration
August 3, 2021

Eating Disorders & Food Insecurity: A Panel Discussion
July 27, 2021

You Already Have a Beach Body: (Re)Claiming Joy in Your Body As-is
June 21, 2021

Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating among Boys and Men: What to Know and How to Help
April 21, 2021

Culture, Body Image, & Eating Disorders – What’s the Connection?
March 29, 2021

Connecting Eating Disorders and Trauma: An Introduction
March 11, 2021

What About (Self) Love?! Cultivating Body Liberation-Centred Relationships
February 12, 2021

An Introduction to Eating Disorders & Bariatric Surgery
January 25, 2021

Weathering the Winter Holidays: COVID Edition
December 11, 2020
Access our “Coping with the Holidays” handout here

Intro to Bread Making
November 13, 2020

Sizeable Shifts: Navigating Change in Uncertain Times
September 22, 2020

Understanding Postpartum & Eating Disorders: Ways to Support Ourselves & Others
September 10, 2020

Pickles & Preservatives
August 13, 2020

Sidelining Sizeism vs. Viral Fatphobia: Navigating Online Encounters With Weight Stigma During a Global Health Crisis
July 24, 2020

This is Overwhelming: Getting By When There’s Lots of Grief
July 3, 2020

Coping with COVID-19: Managing Mental Health in Uncertain Times
June 23, 2020

Mindfulness 101
May 22, 2020

Eating Disorders 101 for Caregivers
April 23, 2020

Media

For media requests, please contact our Manager of Community Outreach & Education, Kaitlyn Axelrod (kaxelrod@sheenasplace.org or 416-927-8900 x 330).

Global News – “Group-based support for people affected by eating disorders”
June 20, 2022

Psychology Today – “When your eating disorder program kicks you out”
January 27, 2022

Global News – “Instagram vs reality: The perils of social media on body image”
January 16, 2022

Bodywhys Podcast – Coronavirus and Eating Disorders: Voices from around the world
December 7, 2021

Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health Podcast – “Episode 5 – Sheena’s Place: A Guide to Online Group Support with Kaitlyn Axelrod”
November 24, 2021

Toronto Star – “Filling the Gap in Eating Disorder Services”
November 4, 2021

Healthing – “Disordered eating: ‘Even if the journey is incredibly hard, recovery is possible'”
November 4, 2021

jack.org – “The INTERNview” Podcast: Help Seeking 101
October 21, 2021

Financial Post – “With pandemic fuelling eating disorders, more help is needed”
October 5, 2021

The Strand – “Unraveled: Ticket to Dine”
September 28, 2021

Healthy Debate – “‘I need to do something about this’: Virtual care fills need in treatment of eating disorders”
April 12, 2021

Global News Radio 640 Toronto – “The rise of eating disorders during the pandemic”
February 12, 2021

Ontario NDP – “MPP Jill Andrew marks first Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Ontario history”
February 3, 2021

CBC Radio’s All in a Day with Alan Neal – “Talking about Holiday Weight Gain”
January 4, 2021

CBC Radio’s Metro Morning – “Mental health challenges during pandemic times”
April 30, 2020

Toronto Foundation’s Better Toronto Coalition – “COVID-19 and the repercussions for mental health in Toronto”
April 30, 2020

Fashion Magazine – “How to Be Body Positive Even When You’re Suffering from Dressing Room Anxiety”
March 8, 2019

Jessie’s Centre – Powerful by Nature Radio Show
February 11, 2019

Global News – “‘Clean eating’ trend has eating disorder specialists concerned”
March 25, 2018

Toronto Star – “Eating disorders are not one size fits all: a support centre manager on To The Bone”
July 21, 2017

Citytv Breakfast Television – “Learning more about eating disorders from Sheena’s Place”
February 2, 2017

Cityline – “Justin & Colin reveal their Sheena’s Place makeover”
September 14, 2015

CTV News – “A hidden problem: Shedding light on male eating disorders”
January 26, 2015

Book a training or workshop

Sheena’s Place is committed to raising awareness and reducing the stigma associated with eating disorders. In addition to providing group-based support to people affected by eating disorders, we provide community education and outreach through training and workshop opportunities.

What’s offered?

Sheena’s Place offers trainings and workshops that are typically 45 minutes to 2 hours in length, including time for questions and group discussion. Due to COVID-19, all trainings and workshops are currently taking place online. Learning goals vary depending on the audience. For example, mental health and health care practitioners will learn:

  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and disordered eating;
  • How eating disorders and disordered eating are connected to aspects of identity, including race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and body shape/size;
  • How to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for people with eating disorders and disordered eating;
  • Where to refer clients/patients and how to learn more.

Why learn about eating disorders?

  • Eating disorders are very common mental health challenges. It is estimated that 2.7 million people in Canada meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder.
  • Eating disorders are incredibly harmful to physical and mental health. They have the second highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses (after opioid addiction) and can cause many negative health outcomes.
  • Contrary to popular belief, people of all backgrounds and demographics develop eating disorders. Eating disproportionately impact people of colour, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and people who experience food insecurity.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated eating and body image challenges for youth and adults. Current wait times for eating disorder treatment programs in Ontario are at an all-time high.
  • Research demonstrates that public awareness and education is an effective eating disorders prevention strategy.

Who have you provided this for?

We have delivered trainings and workshops for many universities, colleges, and organizations across the Greater Toronto Area. This includes:

  • University of Toronto
  • Ryerson University
  • George Brown College
  • Women’s College Hospital
  • Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
  • Planned Parenthood Toronto
  • Street Haven Addiction Services
  • Private and public elementary and high schools across the GTA

Is there a cost?

Sheena’s Place is a community mental health charity that provides all group support services free of charge to participants. We receive no annual government funding and rely on private donations to keep our doors open. For outreach trainings and workshops, we request an honorarium based on presentation length, number of attendees, and ability to pay.

Interested in learning more?

For more information about presentation content, cost, and availability, contact our Manager of Community Outreach & Education (Kaitlyn Axelrod) at kaxelrod@sheenasplace.org or 416-927-8900 ext. 330.