The behaviours associated with eating disorders and self-harm do not go away by themselves. In fact, left unchecked, both can become progressively worse. The first step to recovery is acknowledging there's a problem.

Steps to a Successful Conversation

Many parents describe raising their concerns about an eating disorder or self-harm with their child as “walking on eggshells”.

Anger, denial, resistance, false reassurances, silence or emotional outbursts are all possible responses. But a positive response is possible too.

Taking time to prepare can help you stay focused and calm. If the conversation doesn’t go well the first time, try again later. It may take several attempts. Know that you can always turn to a counselor or trusted friend for help.