FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 23 May 2018
EATING DISORDER HOPE ANNOUNCES KIRSTEN HAGLUND AS INTERNATIONAL
SPOKESPERSON, LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE WEEKLY LIVE SERIES ON FACEBOOK
Zurich, Switzerland: Eating Disorder Hope announced today that Kirsten Haglund, a global eating disorders advocate, Founder of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation and Miss America 2008, is joining the organization as Director of Global Business Development and Digital Media Strategy. She will serve as spokesperson, cultivate and develop partnerships with treatment providers and advocacy groups across the international community and serve as host of a weekly live series on Facebook interviewing experts in the field of eating disorders and mental health.
“Eating Disorder Hope is dynamic, rapidly growing international community of eating disorder suffers, loved ones and treatment professionals. Adding Kirsten Haglund to our team is an honor and provides the opportunity to better serve the needs of all of our community,” says Jacquelyn Ekern, the Founder and President of Eating Disorder Hope and Addiction Hope.
“Hope Weekly will offer the most honest, refreshing conversation and expert insight, free to our online community, that currently exists in the field. I am incredibly honored to join the team and excited to include voices from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences in the conversation about eating disorders and mental health. Through connection, honest talk and expert analysis, on a global scale, we can all be better positioned to provide real hope to those battling mental illness,” says Haglund, regarding her new role with Eating Disorder Hope.
Eating Disorder Hope is committed to providing resources for education, access to treatment and innovative new ideas in the mental health space as it expands internationally. Mental Health is the defining public health issue in the twenty-first century. According to a recent report from the Council on Foreign Relations, “Addressing the global mental health crisis will be one of the greatest challenges the world health community has ever known, but success would mean prosperity and security beyond imagination.” 
The Live Weekly series launched its first episode Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. eastern time. The next episode will air live on the Eating Disorder Hope Facebook page on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. eastern time.
About Eating Disorder Hope: Eating Disorder Hope™ offers education, support, and inspiration to eating disorder sufferers, their loved ones, and eating disorders treatment providers. Eating Disorder Hope™ resources include articles on eating disorder treatment options, support groups, recovery tools and more. Whether individual struggles with bulimia, anorexia, body image distortion, or binge-eating disorders, Eating Disorder Hope™ can help. Our mission is to foster an appreciation of one’s uniqueness and value in the world, unrelated to appearance, achievement or applause. www.eatingdisorderhope.com
About Kirsten Haglund: Kirsten Haglund is an international speaker, mental health advocate and digital media strategist. Through her media and communications company, En Pointe, she works with a diverse group of clients in both the profit and non-profit sectors increasing social engagement and scalability, social listening, communications training, spokesperson work increasing brand awareness. She serves as Director of Global Business Development and Digital Media for Eating Disorder Hope, Community Relations Specialist for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Centre and as Founder and President of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation. Her Op-Eds on politics, culture and non-profit advocacy have appeared in the New York Daily News, Forbes.com, Huff Post and in industry journals. She served as Miss America 2008 and Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Kirsten graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently based in Zürich, Switzerland. www.kirstenhaglund.com
1. Patrick, Stewart M., “Silent Suffering: Mental Health as a Global Health Priority,” Council on Foreign Relations, April 7, 2017, https://www.cfr.org/blog/silent-suffering-mental-health-global-health-priority
SOURCE Eating Disorder Hope