National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)

SPARK Program

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)provides information, resources, referrals and support to Canadians affected by eating disorders.

The SPARK program serves post-secondary employees and students across Canada. NEDIC operates Canada’s only national toll-free helpline focusing on supporting individuals affected by eating disorders. In December 2017, the organization launched an online instant chat platform to make our helpline services more accessible. This initiative aims to bring awareness of our services to post-secondary students across Canada and facilitate access to support for students experiencing these serious concerns. In addition, NEDIC’s instant chat service may be an accessible option to help both post-secondary students and campus services better manage their current challenges of long wait times and insufficient resources.

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“I’ve been a Student Affairs Educator working in Post-Secondary Student Health for 15 years. As a Manager of Wellness and Counselling, I wanted to connect with students about diet culture, and fatphobia and support students who may be living with disordered eating and eating disorders. I reached out to NEDIC and their team went above and beyond, customizing content to meet our needs. The training was engaging and inclusive, with the facilitators creating a safe and welcoming space to learn, unlearn, and reflect. With a diverse group of practitioners – nurses, counsellors, health promoters – the content was delivered in a way that each practitioner could apply it meaningfully to their work.”

Leah State

Director, Student Wellbeing, Student Success & Engagement, Humber College