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Starving for help in Squamish (SPH)

Squamish’s Rachel Anne Farquharson, advocate for local eating disorder patients. (Photo credit: Squamish Chief)

Squamish’s Rachel Anne Farquharson, 35, has battled for almost 20 years with an eating disorder that has at times brought her to the brink.

Farquharson and other local eating disorder sufferers are advocating for more treatment options in Squamish.

All staff with the Sea to Sky Mental Health and Substance Use team are able to assess and determine the best specialized services for people with eating disorders, refer them to the regional program in Vancouver if necessary and provide them with ongoing supports in the community when they return, according to the VCH statement.

For patients with more severe eating disorders who require specialized treatment, B.C. offers 47 beds for youth and adults, including at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, at BC Children’s Hospital, at a residential treatment facility in Vancouver and at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.

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