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Butterfly Foundation

Butterfly Foundation represents all people affected by eating disorders and negative body image — a person with the illness, their family and their friends. As a leading national voice in supporting their needs, Butterfly highlights the realities of seeking treatment for recovery, and advocates for improved services from both government and independent sources.

Butterfly operates Australia’s only national support line for eating disorders and body image issues - 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE), staffed by counsellors and psychologists experienced in assisting with eating disorders. It also provides a wide range of services for service providers and recovery groups. The support line is available Monday to Friday 8am to midnight AEST, seven days a week.

Because Butterfly recognises that eating disorders often arise from poor body image, it delivers a range of Positive Body Image workshops to schools and workplaces through its education program. It has a strong media presence to raise awareness of Butterfly’s perspective in community debates about body image and eating disorders. Throughout its work Butterfly emphasises the critical importance of prevention and early intervention strategies in limiting the development of, and suffering from, negative body image and eating disorders.

Butterfly National Helpline

  • Call 1800 ED HOPE / 1800 33 4673 (8am - midnight AEST / 7 days a week)
  • Web chat support
  • Check the website for more details

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - Butterfly Foundation.

Last reviewed: July 2020

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