Support our work to end eating disorders.

"When people truly understand that mental illnesses aren't choices, then it reduces stigma, and reducing stigma saves lives." - Kitty Westin

Eating disorders are a mental illness, not a choice. They are often misunderstood, and their stigma is a deterrent to seeking treatment and finding recovery. 

"We are all affected by mental illness, and we all have to do our part to make it ok to talk about, to seek treatment, and restore the peace, health, dignity and hope for the millions of people who suffer" says Westin, a founder of The Emily Program Foundation, in her recent TEDx talk. 

Kitty's daughter, Anna, died from anorexia at the age of 21. Since her death, Kitty has been a leading advocate for eating disorder understanding, treatment, and national legislation -  and for breaking the stigma and shame of mental illness. Her talk concludes: "In these troubled times, what are you for? Find your passion and use your voice."

At The Emily Program Foundation, our passion is ending eating disorders. Our voice includes prevention and support programs and advocacy. Among our impact:
  • "I pledge to keep my eyes open more and look out for people to notice warning signs. Help them get help." - Blaine High School student 
  • "This group opened avenues of discussion between my daughter and me. It helped me learn what to do, and not do, to support her." - Friends & Family Support Group participant
  • "[Your] recent grant has allowed me infinitely more peace in my life...Without the help and support I've received, I wouldn't have been able to experience life and learn about myself." - Financial Assistance Program recipient
  • "Passing our bipartisan legislation into law brings us one step closer to preventing future tragedies and giving patients the tools they need to get help." - Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the first-ever eating disorder legislation
Each year we serve over 5500 people. Your donation will help us increase our reach and impact in eliminating eating disorders and strengthening mental health. We have a Board Matching Fund active during Give to the Max, up to $6,500, to double your gift. Thank you for your support! 

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