Riverdale star Camila Mendes opened up about her struggles with eating disorders this past Thursday in the name of a good cause. The 23-year-old actress got candid in a powerful post on her Instagram which intended to announce her involvement with Project HEAL, a nonprofit that assists people suffering from eating disorders. Along with the announcement, Camila wrote a personal message about how she has experienced symptoms of the disorders at certain times and hopes that she can help break the stigma attached to them.
Camila began the note to her four million plus followers by writing, “Could not be happier about my decision to get involved with Project HEAL.” The Virginia native then got personal, adding in: “I can say from experience that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses. Growing up, I watched my big sister suffer from one for many years, and I’ve experienced periods in my life when I’ve suffered symptoms as well. I’m joining Project HEAL to help break the stigma associated with eating disorders.”
Camila Mendes asked fans to join her at a Project HEAL event on Saturday October 21 Photo: C Flanigan/FilmMagic
“I’ll be attending their SF Gala at Levi Stadium on Saturday, and auctioning off a day at the Riverdale set,” she continued, urging fans to attend the October 21 gala. “Please, please join me in supporting this incredible organization.” She included a link to the San Francisco event, which is called: TacklED: Project HEAL's 3rd Annual Bay Area Gala. The evening will be hosted by Arianna Huffington and 49ers Chief Strategy Officer Paraag Marathe, and sponsored by the NFL. The event consists of a sit-down dinner and a premier live auction with incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences (like Camila’s Riverdale set day).
The Project HEAL foundation provides grant funding for people with eating disorders who can’t afford treatment, promotes healthy body image and self-esteem, and serves as proof that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Project HEAL has more than 40 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. The foundation has had many celebrity faces, including Lily Collins, who has also struggled with eating disorders.