June Alexander, an Eating Disorder Recovery Mentor through use of the narrative, was born December 1950, at Bairnsdale, Australia. She developed anorexia nervosa at age 11, in 1962. Her illness was diagnosed at age 32, and she “regained healthy self identity” at age 55.
In 2007, at age 56, Alexander resigned from a 30-plus year career in full-time print journalism to write non-fiction, with a focus on eating disorder awareness and mental health. Ten of her books, including a memoir, A Girl Called Tim, have been published.
In 2017, Alexander graduated with a PhD (Philosophy) in Creative Writing, researching the use of diary writing as a therapy in eating disorders.
Alexander received the Academy for Eating Disorders’ 2016 Meehan-Hartley Advocacy Award for public service and advocacy in the eating disorder field. She is a member of the Australian Society of Authors, a foundation member of the Australian National Eating Disorders’ Collaboration steering committee and the World Eating Disorder Action Day steering committee, a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, and the F.E.A.S.T. professional advisory panel.
Alexander lives in Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Her family comprises four children, five grand children and pets. She enjoys daily walks by the seashore, reading and writing, gardening, sunsets and living in the moment.
Alexander served on the F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors from January 2011 to March 2013.
Contact June Alexander
websites: www.thediaryhealer.com and www.lifestoriesmentor.com.au