Breaking the Chains is a unified global non-profit foundation using art as the process to unmask the stigma of individuals affected by eating disorders & negative body image. Creative genres like film, painting, poetry, music, and dance will inspire the global community to use art as an outlet for the darkness that lies dormant providing a bridge to recovery and serving as a prevention platform toward a healthy journey to mental and emotional wellness. One by one, hand in hand, we will champion the rediscovery of self-love, self-acceptance, and respect — sharing a healing journey that will break the chains, one link at a time.
Our goal is to fight back against the prevalence of eating disorders, disordered eating, and negative body image and to strengthen the links of prevention, recovery, and ending stigma.
Call to Action
In an effort to shift our culture towards one that supports our endeavor, we raise awareness about challenges and opportunities, advocate for prevention, intervention, and recovery services, and work to de-stigmatize eating disorders. In an effort to support people in their individual pursuit of mental health or recovery from an eating disorder, we offer creative workshops, seminars, performances, events, information, and resources. Art and creative-expression have been shown to be particularly effective at making change at each of these levels. Therefore, BTCF seeks to address and reverse the prevalence of eating disorders by offering arts-based services that address both the systemic and individual dimensions of the problem.
In order to change the face of eating disorders, we need to change the conversation. Art is inspiration; it inspires. Art speaks to our need to reveal, heal, and transform. With tools of self-expression through a variety of art forms, one can explore their inner most thoughts and feelings where limitless potential soars and thrives. With eating disorders, these tools are used to out-perform the negativity and captivity so that daily living is enjoyed, embraced, and expressed in self-giving ways, rather than self-harming ways.
EDUCATION, INTERVENTION & PREVENTION
Breaking the Chains is a non-profit wellness and advocacy foundation. Our goal is to fight back against the prevalence of eating disorders, disordered eating, and negative body image and to strengthen the links of prevention, recovery and ending stigma. We provide information on eating disorders, treatment centers, resources and recovery approaches as well as highlight the challenges for special populations, but we don’t stop there. While knowledge is power, knowledge alone is not enough. We create action-packed prevention and intervention campaigns, programs, seminars, workshops, and live performances. Each one is engaging, hopeful and -most of all- creative, addressing subjects ranging from eating disorders and stigma to underlying or co-occurring issues.
We are a Foundation that is collaboratively led by a team of devoted, creative and value-driven professionals from the fields of mental health, health, business and the arts. Breaking The Chains programs are unique. While grounded in evidence- based psychology and health research, our messages go outside the box to change the conversation and inspire healing.
Our objective is to break the silence, the stigma and the loneliness that traps and isolates millions of people with eating disorders and millions more with disordered eating and negative body image. We hear the disempowered voices. We are responding by transforming research into positive messaging through all avenues of art and artistry. Whether you are looking for resources to reach your own health goals or looking for innovative programs to help other reach theirs, we are here to support you. We want to get loud about the truth: recovery and positive change are possible, one link at a time. Join us to be inspired!
RECOVERY & SELF-DISCOVERY
We believe full recovery is possible and achievable! While it looks and feels different for every person, the goal is for each individual to be able to access their personal strengths and align actions with their unique values. Being “recovered” is the goal, which moves first to restored health then beyond restored health to healed. Healed means the body is free from illness and the mind and spirit are free to thrive.
BTCF is about changing the conversation and stigma attached to eating disorders through a journey of self- discovery and creativity. We see beyond what is on the outside, but rather focus on what it feels like on the inside. With gentle support, we can tap into this disease and discover the truth of where it may have begun for a person so that journey and stigma that could be attached starts to be unwrapped and healing can begin. This is where a person can really start to focus on the limitless possibilities in recovery. As a foundation, we hope to connect individuals who feel isolated to others who are in recovery or understand their struggle as a way to have courage to start experiencing the many positive outcomes of a life without an eating disorder.