The Eating Disorders tool box

Additional ideas, information and resources

Congratulations on purchasing Eating Disorders & Other Shadowy Companions, one of our most reflective and powerful conversation-building tools.

The three simple, whimsical characters on these cards—Ed the eating disorder monster, Reggie the recovery rhino, and Bird—can help bring a lightness and gentleness to this often challenging and fraught topic. The 40 cards all ask a simple question that encourages people to share their experiences, reflect on their stories, and build understanding and connection.

Now that you have the cards, you will be wanting some fresh and innovative ideas for how to incorporate the cards into your work, and perhaps your life.

In this Tool Box, you will find the digital booklet, which contains lots of information about eating disorders, disordered eating and other ‘shadowy companions’ like depression and anxiety, plus loads of activities and suggestions for how to use the cards in different settings. (This can be printed as an A5 hardcopy booklet.)

As a BONUS gift to you, we are giving you access to the digital version of the cards! The digital cards are interactive, making them ideal for building rapport and connection. And because they are digital, you can use them anywhere, anytime.

Feel free to browse this page and get inspired by stories from other people on how they’ve used the cards. And don’t forget to explore the range of other supporting materials and information, which is at your fingertips any time you need it.

This Tool Box is exclusively for people who have purchased the cards. We will continue to add resources and ideas so check in regularly to see what’s new!

Eating Disorders booklet

Eating Disorders digital cards

Tips for using the cards

Blog- Clinical psychologist, Bronwyn Raykos, on finding gentle ways to talk about eating disorders

Eating disorders are one of the most life-threatening mental illnesses. Yet supports and services for people experiencing an eating disorder, and their families and carers, remain scarce. Read more

Blog- Why we should all be having conversations about eating disorders and disordered eating

Food is everywhere. For many people, it is a source of pleasure. We meet over food, we celebrate with food, and we buy cookbooks by the truckload. But what happens if your relationship with food is ambivalent, or even downright dangerous? Read more

Blog- Living with an Eating Disorder

What does it feel like to live with an eating disorder? What does the ‘eating disorder voice’ say and how do we challenge those messages? What supports recovery and what gets in the way? How can we help reduce the isolation and shame surrounding eating disorders? Read more

Blog- Mental Illness Does NOT Have a Size

Eating Disorders, and mental illnesses come in all shapes, sizes, colours, ages, race and social economic levels. Throughout my lived eating disorder experience I have had to deal with weight stigma and being told things like “you don’t look that sick or underweight”, “your BMI is too high for our program”, or “it’s not like you are taking diet pills or vomiting”. Read more

Blog- Hot off the Press: Eating Disorders & Other Shadowy Companions

We are delighted to let you know that, at last, there is a resource to have conversations about eating disorders—Eating Disorders & Other Shadowy Companions has just hit the shelves!

The lead author, Danni McDougall, is a social worker and arts therapist:

‘I’ve been saddened to discover that despite all the community education and awareness-raising that has occurred, there is still a lot of stigma and misunderstanding surrounding eating disorders, even among the medical profession. Read more

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