Eating disorders affect not only those who suffer with them, but also friends and family members, and “Riverdale” star Camila Mendes wants us to know that help is at hand for those who need it.
Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on the Archie comics-inspired series, issued an Instagram post on Friday to promote Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping those with eating disorders.
“Could not be happier about my decision to get involved with Project HEAL,” Mendes wrote in her message.
“I can say from experience that eating disorders are serious mental illnesses,” she added before getting personal. “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.”
To show her support, Mendes wrote that she’ll “be attending their [San Francisco] Gala at Levi Stadium on Saturday, and auctioning off a day at the ‘Riverdale ‘set. Please, please join me in supporting this incredible organization.”