The Foundation for 
Applied Psychiatric Anthropology
The Foundation for Applied Psychiatric Anthropology


FAPA is currently soliciting submissions for an edited volume of poetry and other writings created by Eating Disorder survivors.  The aim of this project is to convey the profound suffering this illness brings, as well as the hopes and successes that can come with recovery. 

We consider an eating disorder "survivor" anyone who has suffered, or is currently suffering, with an eating disorder, yet who remains alive to share the experience.  One does not need to be fully recovered to be a survivor.  However, we do ask that people who are currently in treatment or early in their recovery discuss their participation fully with their therapists and/or treatment teams before submitting their work.

Many survivors of eating disorders are amazingly talented and eloquent, and many write poetry or other musings as part of their journey.  Unfortunately, most of it remains in the pages of personal journals or filed away somewhere, and is not shared with others who might have their eyes, minds, and hearts opened by reading it.  It is our intention that this volume will become a valuable resource for clients, professionals, families, and the general public by illuminating the complex and devastating contours of these illnesses, as well as the strength and reliance of those who battle it every day.

We welcome any and all submissions written at any stage of illness or recovery.  Although we may not be able to accommodate all submissions in the present volume, our aim is to include as many as possible.  If we receive enough submissions, we may consider publishing additional volumes.

The collection will be marketed to established publishers and will be available for purchase nationally and internationally.  All proceeds from this work will be put to work funding additional education and advocacy initiatives related to culture and mental health, including eating disorders.

Contributors to this volume may remain anonymous if they do not wish to reveal their identities.  As the editor, FAPA will need to know who they are (in order to get permissions signed and so forth), but authors may remain unnamed in print if they wish.  Certainly, others may want to use their real names.

To submit work for consideration in this project, please complete this author submission form and send it, along with the submission(s), to


         4008 Flora Place

         Saint Louis, MO 63110

Submissions may also be sent by email to
or by confidential fax to (314) 558-2671.

NEDAwareness Week
February 26-March 3, 2012

NEDAwareness week aims to reduce the stigma associated with eating disorders and ultimately to prevent body image issues.

“Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses – not choices – and it’s important to recognize the pressures, attitudes and behaviors that shape the disorder.” NEDA, 2011

More information on NEDAwareness Week 2012 is coming soon! For more information about NEDAwareness Week in general, see the NEDAwareness Week 2011 website 

Treatment Advocacy Center

The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization devoted to mental health advocacy with the aim of promoting timely and effective treatment for severe mental illnesses. 

"Since its founding in 1998, The Treatment Advocacy Center has grown to be a respected, independent voice for reforming treatment laws nationwide. We engage in a wide range of activities and projects aimed at increasing treatment for people with severe mental illnesses." - Treatment Advocacy Center, 2011

For more information, see the Treatment Advocacy Center website.  

Get Involved with NEDA

The National Eating Disorder Association encourages active involvement by the community in their mission to end eating disorders and body image issues. Ways to get involved include participating in NEDA Walks, interning, and partaking in the STAR Program, among other options.  

"Help fight eating disorders: donate, volunteer, take action! There are many ways to get involved with NEDA and to support the cause." - NEDA, 2011

For more information about NEDA in general, visit the NEDA website. For more information about the advocacy opportunities offered by NEDA, see the 'Get Involved' section of their website. 

National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers offers several ways to become involved with advocacy, including grassroots and legislative opportunities. 

"NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies." - NASW, 2011

For more information about the National Association of Social Workers in general, visit the NASW website. For more information about the advocacy opportunities offered by NASW, see the 'Advocacysection of their website. 

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association educates the public about mental health, psychiatry and successful treatment options. Advocacy initiatives encompass the legislative/regulatory, political, psychiatric practice and communications arenas. 

"As the voice of modern psychiatry, the APA works to advance the profession and promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental illnesses and their families. Through its advocacy efforts, the APA educates the public about mental health, psychiatry and successful treatment options." - American Psychiatric Association, 2011 

For more information about the American Psychiatric Association in general, visit the APA website. For more information about the advocacy opportunities offered by NASW, see the 'Advocacysection of their website. 

Mental Health America

Mental Health America has brought together thousands of individuals nationwide who take an active stand for protecting America's mental health through legislative advocacy. 

"Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation - everyday and in times of crisis" - MHA, 2011 

For more information about Mental Health America in general, visit the MHA website. For more information about the advocacy opportunities offered by NASW, see the 'Take Action' section of their website. 


The Trauma Center

The Trauma Center is a program of Justice Resource Institute, and is dedicated to social justice by offering services to traumatized children and their families in the New England area. 

"The Trauma Center is a large nonprofit organization dedicated to social justice by offering hope and promise of fulfillment to children, adults, and families who are at risk of not receiving effective services essential to their safety, progress, and/or survival" - The Trauma Center, 2011

For more information about The Trauma Center in general, visit the Trauma Center website. For more information about the opportunities for advocacy offered by the Trauma Center, see the 'Initiatives' section of their website. 

For information about any of our advocacy initiatives or to suggest additional opportunities, please send an email to
Website Builder