Our Work

We Are on a Mission to End Eating Disorders!

WaterStone Foundation has a vision to create healthy lives free from eating disorders. We work tirelessly with our board, our partners, volunteers and donors to drive progress in the fight against eating disorders.

We target gaps in existing services by providing support for new and innovative programs and helping individuals in need. The goal is to ensure a smooth path of care from early diagnosis, through treatment and recovery with sustained ongoing support.

We continue to build on our established programming even as we work with our current funded and treatment partners.

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With your support, WaterStone can fund important programs to help people with eating disorders get treatment faster.

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Driving Progress and Funding Innovative Programs

In 2016, WaterStone Foundation announced its Inaugural Awards Program. Nearly $170,000 was given to four public Ontario facilities offering highly specialized, progressive treatment programs to increase capacity and improvements in treatment which resulted in:

  • 17 individuals referred to the first integrated intensive treatment in Ontario for individuals who have concurrent eating disorders and substance abuse problems (University Health Network delivered by Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital)
  • 3 individuals currently residing in transitional supportive housing; one individual is already on the waiting list (Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex, with London Health Science Centre Adult Eating Disorder Program) 
  • 6 additional families joined in an existing multi-family group therapy program for children and adolescents with eating disorders, doubling the intake of the program (Southlake Regional Health Centre)
  • The Eating Disorders Program at The Hospital for Sick Children launched its new Transition Program in 2017 to help adolescents with eating disorders, and their families, transition to adult eating disorder services.

New Funding in 2018.

Building on our awards program, WaterStone Foundation has recently announced additional new funding support totaling $100,000 which has been allocated to three facilities and will:

  • Double the intake of families participating in Southlake Regional Health Centre’s multi-family group therapy program
  • Support the development of an integrated treatment protocol at Toronto General Hospital for individuals who have an eating disorder and co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Allow the Children’s Hospital for Eastern Ontario (Ottawa) to provide full supervision in its proven successful Day Treatment Program including the ability to provide suppers and post-supper supervision

See more details and information about how recent WaterStone grants awards continue to help address gaps in service and resource needs of Eating Disorders in the News section of our website