New ARFID Support Resources Launched

Insight Eating is pleased to highlight the launch of new web-based resources aimed at supporting those affected by Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), as well as professionals in the field. Ursula Philpot, as part of her continued commitment to enhancing eating disorder support, contributed to the development of these invaluable materials.

What’s Available:

  • For Families and Individuals: A dedicated webpage offers current information, practical advice through the “ARFID Simple Suggestions Series,” and an accessible webinar series for carers. These resources are designed to be easy to navigate, ensuring relevant support is readily available.
  • For Professionals: A separate platform provides comprehensive guidance on ARFID, including information for ongoing learning and service development. This resource is open to all professionals, regardless of location.

Collaboration at Its Core: These initiatives were developed through collaborative efforts, incorporating feedback from lived experiences and professionals in the field. It’s a testament to the power of community and expertise coming together to support those impacted by ARFID.

Access and Use: The resources can be accessed via the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust website. They’re designed for public use, acknowledging the broader community’s potential benefit. Professionals are reminded to use these materials responsibly, ensuring they remain relevant and appropriate.

Acknowledgment: Insight Eating acknowledges the significant contribution of Ursula Philpot and all involved in creating these resources. While Insight Eating is not directly associated with the projects, we recognize the importance of such resources in supporting the ARFID community.

For more detailed information and to access the resources, please visit the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust website.

ARFID Support Resources Overview:

  1. Understanding ARFID: An introductory guide to Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, outlining key facts, symptoms, and the impact on individuals and families.
  2. Nutritional Strategies: Practical advice on managing nutritional needs for those with ARFID, including tips for gradual dietary diversification.
  3. Family Support Guide: Resources and strategies for families and caregivers supporting a loved one with ARFID, emphasizing communication and understanding.
  4. Simple Suggestions Series: A collection of easy-to-implement suggestions aimed at addressing common challenges faced by those with ARFID, organized by age group for tailored support.
  5. Webinar Series for Carers: Bite-size video modules offering in-depth insights and strategies for carers of children and young adults with ARFID. Each module focuses on specific aspects of care and support.
  6. Professional Guidance: Information and resources for healthcare professionals and educators on identifying, understanding, and supporting individuals with ARFID.
  7. Service Development Resources: Guides for developing services and support systems for individuals with ARFID, including best practices and case studies.

Accessing the Resources: Scroll down to explore each resource in detail. Click on the title to open the corresponding PDF in the reader below. These resources are designed to provide comprehensive support for individuals with ARFID, their families, and professionals involved in their care.