Webinars & Events
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Harm Reduction for the Holidays
December 14, 2022 (5-6:30pm EST via Zoom)
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
Connecting Eating Disorders and Trauma: An Introduction
March 11, 2021
An Introduction to Eating Disorders & Bariatric Surgery
January 25, 2021
Intro to Bread Making
November 13, 2020
Sizeable Shifts: Navigating Change in Uncertain Times
September 22, 2020
Pickles & Preservatives
August 13, 2020
May 22, 2020
Eating Disorders 101 for Caregivers
April 23, 2020
For media requests, please contact our Manager of Community Outreach & Education, Kaitlyn Axelrod (email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-927-8900 ext. 330.