McCall Dempsey

Founder, Southern Smash

McCall is the founder of Southern Smash and an eating disorder survivor who has dedicated her life to mental health advocacy. Southern Smash, a program of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, promotes positive body image and eating disorder awareness through its signature scale smashing event at college campuses across the country.

McCall writes the popular blog, Loving Imperfection, and has been featured on numerous national television, print and online publications, including Today Show, Women’s Health Online and HuffPostLive.com.

Presentation: Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Tips for Staying Strong During Challenging Times

2020 has brought unimaginable challenges and disruptions to individuals, families, schools, companies, and organizations. The impact of the global pandemic has left many struggling to find ways to cope with illness, depression, anxiety, and loss while managing the unknown and the on-going changes that are our “new norm”. For individuals with eating disorders and their families, this can be an especially challenging time – wherever we are on our recovery journey. Even those who have been in full recovery may find the restrictions on socialization, in-person resources, and support taking a toll. Join two eating disorder survivors – national eating disorder expert, Julie Holland, and prominent eating disorders advocate, speaker, and writer, McCall Manning Dempsey, as they share coping strategies and the skills needed to effectively manage instability and navigate challenging times.