Volume 95, Issue 2

Thursday, May 31, 2001


France knights Davenport

Summer Games preparations continue

Eating disorder clinic opens at Western

No smokes for you - restaurants smoke-free by 2002

USC and union reach agreement

Robin Hood fanatics invade Western

Study: obesity affects mental health

News Briefs

Eating disorder clinic opens at Western

By Clare O'Hara
Gazette Staff

Western will be the home of the first Ontario Transition house, a new type of eating disorder clinic to open in September on the campus of Westminister College.

"We feel it is a really good idea to have it located on campus since statistics say 30 per cent of women on campus suffer from eating disorders," said Jayne Francis, a nutrition therapist at the Women's Health Centre, who will be the centre manager for the house.

"It is a clinic that has residential care with treatment programs, without the restrictions of a hospital. This means an individual can still go to work and school and still receive the support they need" she added.

"This is a great idea to have this transition house, especially near campus. It will give people a feeling of home away from home within a university setting. We want people to be involved within the environment not to be taken out of their environment," said Robbie Campbell, a member of the Eating Disorder Foundation of Canada and a psychiatrist at London Health Science Centre

The clinic is not restricted to university students and you do not have to live within the house to receive treatment. "The clinic is a 24-hour surveillance house with a multi-disciplinary team that runs in-house programs, as well as outside clinics," Campbell said.

Francis also sees the out-patient treatment as an added benefit to the program. "The out-patient program will allow individuals to come in and receive individual or group counselling. They will benefit from the closely knit ties they may make," Francis said.

Mary Kay Lucier, executive director of the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association, said the new transition house will be an asset to the London community. "With statistics on the rise within university campuses, the location of the house is beneficial to the Western population," she said.

"I think the transition house is quite novel. This would be a wonderful place for recovery, as the treatment is very complicated and requires specialized team workers," Lucier said.

If all works out well for the transition house, they hope to expand this program further. "We want to eventually expand the organization to open other transition houses. I feel we can do this with support from the community and time," Francis said.

Anyone in need of assistance should call Jayne Francis, at 672-9130.

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