About June

I have written nine books about eating disorders since my recovery (my “reconnection with true self”) from anorexia nervosa and other long term mental health challenges in 2006. In 2017, I graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing). My contribution to the eating disorder field was recognised at the 2016 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco where I was awarded the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy. I am currently a co-chair of the NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group, a foundation steering committee member of the annual World Eating Disorders Action Day, and an Advisory Panel member for F.E.A.S.T.

Strengths and Skills

In 2007 departed long career in print journalism to write non-fiction for mental health professionals and mainstream.

Writer of books and articles – disseminating evidence-based research outcomes for practitioners and consumers of mental health services.
Manuscript editing – for academics/professionals.
Mentoring – life writing as therapy – classes for groups/individuals.

Lived Experience advocate with pivotal role in translating empirical research to consumers of mental health services, through authorship, public speaking, and personal relationships.

Skills for Clients

Life writing as therapy – tailored, private sessions and group workshops.

Academic papers – dissemination of research outcomes for practitioners and consumers of mental health services in books and articles.

Books – author and editor

  • Using Writing as a Therapy for Eating Disorders – The Diary Healer. Routledge 2016.
  • Getting Better Bite by Bite – A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder. Co-authors Ulrike Schmidt and Janet Treasure. 2nd Edition: Routledge 2016.
  • Grief Diaries: Through the Eyes of an Eating Disorder. Co-editors Lynda Cheldelin Fell, Deborah Pfiffner.  Alyblue Media (USA) 2016.
  • A Clinician’s Guide to Binge Eating Disorder. Co-editors Andrea Goldschmidt, Daniel Le Grange. Routledge 2013.
  • Anorexia Nervosa: A Recovery Guide for Sufferers, Families and Friends. Co-author Janet Treasure. 2nd edition: Routledge 2013.
  • Ed Says U Said – Eating Disorder Translator. Co-author Cate Sangster. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK, 2013.
  • A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders. Co-editor Prof. Janet Treasure, Routledge. 2012.
  • Memoir A Girl Called Tim, Escape from an Eating Disorder Hell, NH Publishers 2010.
  • My Kid is Back – Empowering Parents to Beat Anorexia Nervosa. Co-author Daniel Le Grange. Routledge. 2010.

Member of

  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
  • Writers Victoria
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED)
  • Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)

Current positions include

  • National Eating Disorder Collaboration (Australia) – NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Reference Group co-chair (representing carers and consumers).
  • F.E.A.S.T. – Advisory Panel member.

About Diana

Diana Beaudet

Diana Beaudet is a senior marketing professional, mental health awareness advocate, and the proud mother of two daughters. At age 40, Diana learned that her increasing health concerns were due to an underlying, decades-long, eating disorder. She immersed herself in recovery and quickly found her way towards advocacy, participating in the first World Eating Disorders Action Day in 2016, a global movement to create greater awareness of eating disorders. Through this movement and its incredible community, Diana met her friend and mentor, June Alexander. Diana is collaborating with June to create and manage www.thediaryhealer.com to help others find a safe, supportive and healing environment to stay actively and creatively engaged in recovery. Diana can be reached at dbeaudet@gmail.com and found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Sarah

Sarah Cannata is a trained journalist and Communications Strategist who is also a passionate mental health advocate. As a teenager, Sarah developed anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder she would struggle with over the next decade. Sarah managed to overcome her illness by the time she was a young adult, however, she hadn’t openly written or discussed her lived experience before meeting June in late 2018 and learning about The Diary Healer website (click here to read Sarah’s story). In 2019, Sarah and June began collaborating and working together to launch new initiatives on The Diary Healer including a podcast, eBook, online Programs. Sarah is honoured to contribute to the safe, supportive and healing environment that is www.thediaryhealer.com – she can be reached at sarahcannata@gmail.com and found on Twitter and LinkedIn.