Formed in 2016 in response to the death of Maria Dorn, a passionate young woman from Rock County, WI, who struggled with anorexia nervosa.
Maria was the kind of person you’d want as a student, daughter, granddaughter, niece, or friend. Although Maria’s death was the motivating force behind the creation of Project Maria, our organization’s mission reaches far beyond one person and those who knew her. Our hope is to inspire our community to embrace a world in which we reach for help when we need it, offer a hand when we perceive need, and end the silence so frequently faced by those battling eating disorders.
With so much incorrect information about eating disorders, education is a key component of how we serve our community. Our organization strives to share accurate information in schools, libraries, healthcare settings, and other public forums to ensure that those needing help are more understood and receive superior care. Our website features links to learn more about eating disorders.
Another guiding principle for Project Maria is support. Too often, those impacted by eating disorders feel disconnected from those without mental health experience. In an effort to build connection, we run a support group for those seeking recovery and another for those supporting them, send cards to patients in area treatment facilities, and share encouraging articles to our Face book page. We provide opportunities to unite at local events. Our website offers resources for improving coping skills and lists treatment providers who implement skilled eating disorder services.
Finally, we advocate for better health care for those with eating disorders and other mental illnesses by contacting legislators, publicizing information about advocacy opportunities, and participating in awareness events like walks and wellness.