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Counselling Line: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline
Tel: 1800 55 1800
Suicide Help Line Victoria
1300 651 251
Tel: 13 22 89

Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietitians Association of Australia:
Nutrition Australia:
Sports Nutrition Australia

ating Disorders:
Eating Disorders Victoria
The Butterfly Foundation
Something Fishy - Eating Disorders information Website
ANZAED: Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders Australian National Coalition
Eating Disorders First Aid Guidelines
Compiled by Mental Health First Aid
The Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED)-Victoria
Tel (general): (03) 8387 2669
Tel (consultation service): (03) 8387 2673

Eating Disorders International
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)- Canada
The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland- Ireland
Eating Disorders Association (B-Eat)- United Kingdom (UK)
Eating Disorder Expert
Academy for Eating Disorders- United States
Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action
Eating Disorder Hope
National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders Inc.- USA
National Eating Disorders Association- USA

Family, Carers and support
FEAST - Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders -USA
Maudsley Parents- international
June Alexander, author of My Kid is Back: Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia

Depression and Anxiety
Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria
Tel: (03) 9886 9377
Carers Victoria
Tel: 9396 9500
Suicide Help Line Victoria
1300 651 251
WIRE - Women's Information
Tel: 1300 134 130
Better Health Channel
Beyond Blue
Information line 1300 22 46 36
Dads and Daughters
If Not Dieting - Dr. Rick Kausman
Counselling Line: 13 11 14
Information Line: 1300 131 114
Kids Helpline
Tel: 1800 55 1800
Manhood online
Mens Line Australia
Tel: 1300 789 978
Tel: 13 22 89
Sane Australia
Tel: 1800 187263 (1800 18 SANE)

Interesting reading:
Real Gorgeous, Kaz Cook (1994)
Full of cartoons and no nonsense information about cosmetic, health and self esteem.
Good Girls do swallow, Rachel Oaks Ash (2000)
The blackly comic true story of how one woman stopped hating her body.
Anything she can do I can do better, Rachel Oaks-Ash (2003)
The truth about female competition.
If not dieting then what?, Dr Rick Kausman (1998)
A guide to learning to look at food and weight management in a positive way without the negative traditional diet traps.
The Happiness Trap, Dr Russ Harris (2007)
A guide to acceptance and commitment therapy, helping to understand the negative thought traps we get into; and using mindfulness based activities to reduce stress, overcome fear and find fulfilment.
The Princess Bitch face Syndrome, Michael Carr-Gregg (2006)
A must read for parent of adolescent girls to help understand the trials of adolescents and managing the rapid changes in daughters.
You have to say I'm pretty your my mother, Stephanie Pierson & Phyllis Cohen (2003)
A text exploring the at times treacherous relationships with mothers, daughters and bodies. With strong recommendations on how mothers can support their daughters to learn to love her body and herself.
Change your thinking, Sandra Edelman (2002)
A practical and reassuring guide to overcoming self defeating thoughts and behaviour using cognitive behavioural therapy.
Mary Jane, Sancia Robinson (1996)
The story of Sancia's journey to recovery from Anorexia and Bulimia.
'l'm like so fat' Dianne Neumark-Sztainer (2005)
 Helping your teen make healthy choices about eating and exercise in a weight obsessed world.
Life without Ed, Jenni Schaefer (2004)
The story of how one woman claimed independence from her eating disorder, with helpful tips of how you can too.
Goodbye ed, hello me , Jenni Schaefer (2009)
Jenni looks at how being fully recovered is not just about breaking free from destructive behaviours with food and having a healthy relationship with your body; it also means finding peace and joy in your life.
Eating the moment, Pavel G Somov (2008)
A collection of mindfulness activities to help learn to listen to the body, understand why you're eating, and control cravings if you are eating out of habit or emotions.
Get out of your mind and in to your life, Steven Hayes (2005)
A step by step self help book to learn mindfulness and acceptance to help overcome depression, negative thinking and create a more valued life. Based on acceptance and commitment therapy.
The Anorexia Work book, Michelle Heffner and Georg Eifert (2004)
A self help book based on acceptance and commitment therapy to help accept yourself, heal your suffering and reclaim your life.
Eat, drink, and be mindful, Susan Albers (2008)
A self help workbook to create a whole new way of looking at food. Instead of rushing through meals, mindful eating emphasizes slowing down and savouring what you eat.
Finding our magnificence, Delwyn Tatton & Margo Gibbs (1997)
Creating tools of visualization, writing, art and symbols to appreciate the self and create a fulfilling future.
The overcoming Bulimia Workbook, Randie McCabe, Traci McFarlance & Marion Olmsted (2003)
A step by step self help book containing the tools needed to break free from recovery and take control of your life. 
Conquering Anorexia, Claire Lindsay (2000)
The story of Claire's journey to recovery containing helpful techniques of self examination and confidence building exercises required from experts.
Eating Disorders and Obesity, Christopher Fairburn and Kelly Brownell (2002)
A comprehensive academic handbook.
Beyond appearance A new look at adolescent girls, Norine Johnson, Michael Roberts, & Judith Worell (1999)
A comprehensive academic text reviewing literature on the lives of adolescent girls, the challenges they face and possible tools to assist them.
Suggested Readings for Families and Friends of people suffering an Eating Disorder
A comprehensive list from the Eating Disorders Foundation Victoria

I dont believe in 'reinventing the wheel' so there are links below to other sites lists and reviews: 


Eating Disorders Victoria 


 Book Reviews: 


Don't Diet Live-it!

Authors: Andrea Wachter, Marsea Marcus


I haven't seen this one before but looks intresting.

33 Favorite Self-Help Books of Psychologists

By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor


1. Freedom From the Ties That Bind: The Secret of Self Liberation by Guy Finley 

2. I Ain?t Much Baby, But I?m All I?ve Got by Jess Lair, Ph.D.

3. The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition 
by Edmund J. Bourne 

4. Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life by Sari Solden 

5. If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) by Edna B. Foa and Linda Wasmer Andrews

6. Depressed and Anxious: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook for Overcoming Depression & Anxiety by Thomas Marra 

7. Circle of Stones: Woman?s Journey to Herself 
by Judith Duerk 

8. Don?t Sweat the Small Stuff? And It?s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life 
by Richard Carlson 

9. The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program To Safeguard Children From Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience 
by Martin Seligman 

10. The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon by 
David Elkind

11. The Woman Who Thought Too Much by Joanne Limburg

12. Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steven C. Hayes, PhD and Spencer Smith

13. The Steps of Essence: How to Live Life Well and Authentically by Hanns-Oskar Porr

14. Mindfulness and The Art of Choice: Transform Your Life by Karen Sherman

15. Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Your Work and Life by Laura Nash and Howard Stevenson

16. Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work for You?At Work and In Life by Spencer Johnson

17. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

18. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

19. Don?t Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns that Limit Success by Sylvia Lafair, PhD

20. Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Dyer, Ph.D.

21. Embracing Your Potential by Terry Orlick, Ph.D.

22. Man?s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, M.D.

23. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, Ph.D.

24. Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of ?A Course in Miracles? by Marianne Williamson

25. The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.

26. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

27. Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel Amen 

28. Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie 

29. The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie 

30. 7 Things He?ll Never Tell You: ? But You Need to Know by Kevin Leman

31. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist?s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor 

32. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

33. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran


9 Psychologist-Approved Must-Reads on Mental Health

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Psychologists are a discerning bunch when it comes to books. Because of their insider's view of mental health and psychology, they're able to sharply judge a book's accuracy and value. We asked five psychologists what books they'd recommend to readers.

Below, you'll find books on everything from applying cognitive therapy for anxiety reduction to parenting well to living a meaningful life to supporting a child through eating disorder recovery.


1. The Feeling Good Handbook by David Burns

According to psychologist and attention expert Lucy Jo Palladino, Ph.D, this book offers ?A clear, useful explanation of the benefits and techniques of cognitive therapy, with self-help instruction for depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, fears, phobias, communication problems and more.? (Feeling Good Handbook on


2. Spark by John Ratey

A second pick of Palladino, this book is ?An intelligent presentation of new research on the vital link between brain health and physical movement.? She adds: ?Read it first for the valuable information; then reread the parts that renew your motivation to exercise regularly to improve your concentration, mood and resilience to stress.? (Spark on


3. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

This book, Palladino says, helps ?busy parents raise capable, cooperative, emotionally stable children.? Specifically, she says that it's ?based on the brilliant work of Dr. Haim Ginott, and full of helpful cartoons, bulleted summaries, and simple yet effective exercises.? (How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk on


4. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Jeffrey Sumber, M.A., psychotherapist, author and teacher, recommends this book often to ?clients confronting their meaning in life.? Siddhartha is about ?the journey of a young man on a quest to know himself and charts the sometimes confusing choices he makes in order to find a sense of deep peace.? He says that ? the book provides enough real analogies to our modern lives with enough emotional distance to make it a perfect teaching tool for therapy.? (Siddhartha on


5. Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steve Hayes

According to anxiety specialist Chad LeJeune, Ph.D, this is ?a challenging title for a challenging book, but one very much worth the effort. It provides ?a revolutionary way to look at [readers'] experience of themselves and of life.?

Specifically, Hayes ?talks about how trying to avoid uncomfortable feelings or situations limits our life too much, so by learning to accept and tolerate those discomforts, we can pursue a bigger, more interesting, and more meaningful life,? says ADHD expert Ari Tuckman, Ph.D, who also recommends the book. (Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life on


6. Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder by James Lock and Daniel le Grange.

Elizabeth M. Davis, PsyD, clinical director of child and adolescent services for the Eating Recovery Center, says this book has ?been essential in my helping parents and loved ones gain a greater sense of eating disorders and their role in recovery.? Like the book below it, Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder helps to foster ?greater awareness of oneself in the treatment process? and educates loved ones on how to best give support. (Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder on


7. Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane

Another one of Davis's essential reads on eating disorders, this book provides practical pointers and evidence-based information for supporting a loved one.

She also says that both books are ?helpful for assisting parents in letting go of their guilt and shame during the treatment process, which has little to no room in the road to recovery for these families.? (Skills-based Learning for Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder on


8. Intimacy and Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship by David Schnarch

Tuckman recommends this book to individuals struggling in their relationships. He cautions that ?It can be sexually explicit at times, but has lots of great information for people looking to improve both their relationship and their own individual dynamics.? (Intimacy and Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship on


9. The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne

This book is valuable for anyone struggling with anxiety, Tuckman says. It ?has tons of good information about causes of anxiety, treatment options, and lots of strategies to address it.? (The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook on


Additional Resources

The above psychologists have also written various valuable books, including:

The Worry Trap: How to Free Yourself from Worry & Anxiety using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Chad LeJeune

Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who is Bright, Bored, and Having Problems at School by Lucy Jo Palladino

Find Your Focus Zone: An Effective New Plan to Defeat Distraction and Overload by Lucy Jo Palladino

More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD by Ari Tuckman


Life Beyond Your Eating Disorder {Book Review}

by Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul 



Girlosophy - Real Girls Eat

A lovely client has recommended  'Real Girls Eat'-

As a ?very positive book for young women and teenagers, regardless of whether they have issues with food or just want to be more aware of how to have a healthy relationship with food in general in order to love life and live life to the full!?


I didn't write this review - but found a great one on But I have read this one and Jennis' frist book and have found them both excellent. I have also had lots of feedback from clients that they are very powerful books inspiring hope and motivation for recovery.


The Princess Bitchface Syndrome - Surviving adolescent girls


Micheal Carr-Greg




A catchy title for a fantastic book! Adolescence is a difficult time and we are not born with a melways (road directory for non Melbourne people !) to help navigate this life stage. Often the casualties of this time is the people closest - family and friends. And of course, we take it out on those who we love the most as we know they wont push us away!


The Princess Bitchface Syndrome is an informative read that explains what is happening for adolescent girls at a physiological and psychological level so we can understand why rational thinking is not an easy task at times!! It is full of great tips for dealing with difficult situations. And I love the questions in the back to be used with teenagers to help increase their knowledge and understanding.


This is a great asset for parents, teachers, clinicians and teenagers and the closest thing I have seen to a guide book yet!!!


 When to Really Worry

- Mental health problems in teenagers and what to do about them


Michael Carr-Greg


 When to really worry is a great, easy to read book that would be an invaluable tool for a worried parent, teacher, family member or even friend.


It contains clear guidelines on signs and symptoms of mental illnesses; and when it is appropriate to get help - and of course how to go about it.  It has handy hints on how to approach the teenagers you are worried about as well as an excellent section on finding a good GP. My only concern is the limited treatment options discussed for eating disorders - there are many different options available which suit different people and their budgets.


When to   . . . is a great resource overall and one I will be recommending to friends, colleagues, clients and their families.