Project HEAL Reaches New Milestone

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New York, NY (October 10, 2014) – Project HEAL (Help to Eat, Accept and Live) is pleased to announce that they awarded three treatment grants from their third quarter application cycle Additionally, the organization hit two milestones in providing these grants. First, with help from our treatment grant partner, Columbia Center for Eating Disorders, Project HEAL awarded the highest number of treatment grants at one time. Second, Project HEAL has already sent six people to treatment in 2014, almost doubling our treatment grant goal for this year.

Mandy Ford, our 12th grant. “My experience with Project HEAL was nothing short of life-changing. Receiving the treatment grant has transformed me. I just want to say that Project HEAL and Columbia are the best-kept secrets in the U.S. I know many people struggling with similar eating disorders; it truly is an epidemic in our society. But treatment is so costly and it takes quite a bit of coordination and time to get into one let alone pay for it. These organizations save lives and empower people to overcome a debilitating illness. Many of those people can in turn tell others about these organizations. “I felt confident and full of hope as I left the treatment center, ready to take on all the challenges of the real world” treatment grantee recently shared her thoughts about the impact of the

“It has been a pleasure to work together with Project HEAL towards our shared goal of helping individuals with eating disorders” says Dr. Evelyn Attia, Director of The Columbia Center for Eating Disorders. “Our Center has been dedicated to advancing research and treatment of eating disorders for well over thirty years. It is rewarding to partner with Project HEAL and offer treatment and research opportunities at The New York State Psychiatric Institute to eligible candidates. The Project HEAL-Columbia “Scholars” have been impressive people who are ready for intensive treatment and eager to help us learn more about these challenging disorders.”

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. Many are not able to get the help they need because of the exceedingly high prices of treatment. Treatment for eating disorders can cost up to $30,000 a month, and many insurance companies will not cover it. Since 2008, Project HEAL has awarded 14 treatment grants to people with eating disorders who want to recover and are motivated to do the hard work required.

“Every time we select scholarship recipients, it affirms the importance of why we do the work we do, but this quarter was particularly inspiring,” says Kristina Saffran, the co-founder of Project HEAL. “Every time we got off the phone with a grant recipient, I found myself calling my co-founder, Liana or Dr. Attia or Dr. Willis (clinicians on the 3rd committee) to gush about how incredible these applicants were and how excited I was to see the things they would do with their lives after proper treatment.”

About Project HEAL: Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises money for people with eating disorders who are not able to afford treatment, and promotes healthy body image and self-esteem in hopes of preventing future eating disorders. The co-founders met while undergoing treatment for anorexia nervosa when they were just 15 years old, helped each other to reach full recovery, and then wanted to help others achieve it, as well. There are currently over 35 chapters of Project HEAL across the United States, Canada, and Australia that work to spread the mission and values of Project HEAL. Since it’s founding, the organization has sent 14 people to life saving treatment

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