What we do
Eating Disorders Nova Scotia (EDNS) is a community based organization that offers peer support for individuals with eating disorders, and for their families, friends and partners.
In addition we provide:
- Education for caregivers, clinicians, school staff and others
- Assistance navigating the mental health system
- Advocacy for the prevention, treatment and support of eating disorders
Programs are free of charge, and do not require a referral or diagnosis.
How we got started
In 1998 a group of women who had recovered from eating disorders created the Eating Disorders Action Group (EDAG) which offered peer support, education workshops, and advocacy for people suffering from eating disorders until it lost its core funding. In 2010, the work being done by EDAG became the Eating Disorders Project under the umbrella of the Self Help Connection, a provincial organization with the infrastructure required to build and sustain this critical work. The next few years were spent building capacity in the areas of peer support programs and education and in 2014 Eating Disorders Nova Scotia was launched.
Shaleen Jones is the Executive Director for Eating Disorders Nova Scotia. Ms Jones is an advocate, organizer, educator, and all-round rabble rouser in the field of mental health.
Over the past twenty years, Ms Jones has worked with many community organizations, holding leadership positions with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Peer Support Canada, Laing House, and the British Columbia Eating Disorders Association.
As a person with both lived experience and family experience, Ms. Jones is passionate about recovery, the transformative power of peer support, and creating sustainable, systematic changes across the sector. She was one of the first people trained specifically to provide peer support for those with eating disorders in Canada, and earned her Peer Support Certification from Peer Support Canada in 2015. Ms. Jones was recognized with an Inspiring Lives Award from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and continues to advocate for mental health systems transformation as a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Hallway Group.
Shaleen Jones and Michelle Hébert Boyd
Staff Changes at EDNS
As September ends, so does Michelle Hébert Boyd's time with EDNS. In October, Shaleen Jones returns as Executive Director. Shaleen is one of the original founders of the group that became Eating Disorders Nova Scotia, and has worked extensively in mental health, non-profit leadership, and as a peer support champion. Welcome back, Shaleen!