KENN GĦAL SAĦĦTEK – TREATING EATING DISORDERS

We eat to live, and yet an intrinsic mantra of our culture as humans is to live to eat.

Food and the ritual of eating is an embedded custom that is telling of our interpersonal relationships with other people and indeed ourselves. However, like all indulgences, it can be dangerous. But the problem with food is more cumbersome than, say, drugs, as these are not necessary for human survival. Unlike narcotics, food must be present in our lives, and while the issue with drugs is the need for their consumption, the relationship with food is more complicated, because the disorder can manifest itself as an addiction to its rejection.

Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek is a residential and semi-residential facility that aims to provide a holistic approach in treating disorders related to eating. The centre addresses the causes of poor health related to eating habits, and also provides follow-up care for those who’ve been released from hospital after an acute admission for an eating disorder.

Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek – Image source: Newsbook

 

Through educational activities, the staff encourage motivation, prevent relapse, and allow for patients to reach a level of understanding. Patients are also offered a safe and homely place for the delivery of a holistic therapy, as well as support for their relatives. Throughout the programme, patients are empowered and reintegrated into society.

Treating a range of eating disorders and weight behavioral problems, Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek has been designed to provide in-patient and outpatient treatment according to the therapy required by each individual. The length of stay at the residential home will vary from 3 to a maximum of 5 months.

Fondazzjoni Kenn Għal Saħħtek has also been set up by the Malta Community Chest Fund and the Ministry of Health, Elderly and Community Care, in order to help sustain the residential home in Triq Dar il-Kaptan in Imtarfa. The Foundation is an autonomous body corporate with a distinct legal personality, and is chaired by Dr Anton Grech, Chairman of Psychiatry.

For further information, please visit the Kenn Għal Saħħtek Facebook page or phone 21453690.