Linden Oaks Behavioral Health will host the 16th annual Candlelight Vigil for those affected by eating disorders on Monday, May 20 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm and the program starts at 6:00 pm).
The event, which is open to the public, will be held at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health which on the campus of Edward Hospital, at 852 S. West Street. The theme of this year’s Vigil is “Embracing Transformation and Becoming the Change”.
“While the recovery journey is different for every person living with an eating disorder, the similar thread is that you embrace your own transformation process and find peace with change. That’s why the theme of our vigil is so fitting this year.” says Erin Terada, Clinical Director, and Linden Oaks Eating Disorder Program.
The Candlelight Vigil is an opportunity for this community to gather and support each other. This event is a powerful opportunity for those in recovery to share stories, reconnect with former patients and families, and give hope to others as well as themselves. More than 300 people will gather to motivate and encourage recovery, provide support for families, to commemorate those who have lost their lives and recognize those who have recovered and survived.
The Vigil will feature speeches by recovering/recovered eating disorders patients and family members whose loved ones passed away due to eating disorders, musical performances, presentations by former Linden Oaks eating disorder program patients and a candle lighting ceremony.
The Linden Oaks Eating Disorders Program, designated a Center of Excellence by The Joint Commission, offers four levels of care with the latest techniques designed to help adults and adolescents recover from anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. For more information, visit www.eehealth.org/services/behavioral-health/specialties/eating-disorders. For a free assessment, call the Linden Oaks Help Line at (630) 305-5027.