For early intervention to occur, young people and those in their circle of support need to be able to recognise and respond to various signs and indicators that present early in the development of an eating disorder.
This can include evidence of distress, reduced functioning and changed behaviours or eating patterns.
In Australia, growth in mental health awareness has also promoted growth in active efforts by government, media and the wider community to reduce stigma and improve mental health literacy.
The mental health literacy of young people and their wider support network is an important area for continued research and intervention.
Future intervention research must focus on:
- Uncovering the most efficient ways to improve and impart knowledge
- Promoting recovery-oriented behaviour, such as seeking professional help
- Prioritising cost-effectiveness, sustainability of resources and time available to implement interventions
- Drawing on lessons learnt from past interventions to develop more effective approaches