Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorder Prevention Program

Jessie’s Legacy, a program of Family Services of the North Shore, provides the province with eating disorders prevention, education, resources and support for BC youth, families, educators and professionals, the role previously taken by Jessie’s Hope Society.  Family Services of the North Shore will continue the work of Jessie’s Hope and ensure the provincial prevention work becomes Jessie’s Legacy.

Jessie Alexander was a North Shore girl who struggled with an eating disorder for six years and, in 2002, at the age of 20, took her own life due to complications surrounding her eating disorder. Jessie's hope was to continue to work with children and youth. She hoped that through her work with youth she could prevent others from having to experience the horror of an eating disorder.

Jessie's Legacy services and resources are primarily web based. In addition, Jessie's Legacy provides media watch, on-line and telephone support, psycho-education groups for parents and teens called "Why Weight?" as well as an Eating Disorder Support Group for Parents, Partners and Friends.

Jessie's Legacy is also the provincial leader for Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week (PEDAW) a province-wide effort to raise awareness around prevention, early intervention and treatment of eating disorders as well as resiliency, healthy body image and self esteem. Traditionally, PEDAW is the first week of February.

Family Services is a member of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information- a group of seven leading provincial mental health and addictions nonprofit agencies. BC Partners work is funded by BC Mental Health and Addictions Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. For further information and resources check out the Here to Help website.