Stories from Experience, a new portal for safe storytelling

Ms Hilary Smith1

1National Eating Disorders Collaboration, Glen Iris, Australia


This poster presentation will give an overview of a new online tool that health professionals can use in their work with people recovering from eating disorders.
Stories from Experience (SFE) is a learning resource, designed to guide individuals who are recovering or have recovered from an eating disorder in telling their story. Research shows that many people view writing their story as an important process in eating disorder recovery, whether they write it for personal reasons or to share with others.
SFE provides an online space where people can experiment with ways to tell their story. Individuals create a user account and then step through modules that cover topics ranging from the meaning of a story, the process of crafting a story, steps for sharing a story and how to stay safe when sharing, as well as how to ensure that stories are told in ways that keep other safe such as avoiding triggering content.
Once a story has been created, the writer can choose whether or not to share it, and who to share it with. SFE includes guidance and suggestions for sharing stories with loved ones, health professionals and the general public, to help the person use their story in the way that works best for them.
This poster presentation will give a brief overview of why and how to use SFE and how to access it online.


Hilary Smith is the NEDC Workforce Development Coordinator. Her role is focused on introducing specific competencies for safe and effective responses to eating disorders in health and other workforces across the country.

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