Recovering from Eating Disorders: Ask us Anything - EDAW 2020
It seems like the awareness weeks are coming in thick and fast at the moment. Hot off the heals of Self Harm Awareness day is Eating Disorders Awareness week. We are really excited to run another AMA to help people get ideas on all things to do with eating disorders. Whether you are someone that is battling through with recovery, or you are caring for someone with an eating disorder, or you are just interested to find out more, we've got you covered. We also thought it would be great to get a number of people with different experiences join in to help get different perspectives on the same questions. We will be updating this thread as we have people confirmed
Hey! I’m Molly, a previous intern at The Mix and a volunteer at First Steps, an eating disorder charity based in Derbyshire. I was diagnosed with OSFED (otherwise specified feeding or eating disorder) when I was sixteen but recovered through counselling sessions and support groups. After my recovery I decided to volunteer to help others who were going through the same experiences as me – I now offer peer support online. I have also cared for a relative with anorexia, so I really understand how tough eating disorders can be, and want to help as much as possible
Hope Virgo is the Author of Stand Tall Little Girl, and a multi award winning international leading advocate for people with eating disorders. Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) to deal with the rising tide of mental health issues. She has been described by Richard Mitchell, CEO of Sherwood Forest Hospital, as "sharing a very powerful story with a huge impact". Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms including BBC Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, Good Morning Britain, Sky News and BBC News.
For four years, Hope managed to keep it hidden, keeping dark
secrets from friends and family. But then, on 17th November 2007, Hope's world
changed forever. She was admitted to a mental health hospital. Forced to leave
her family and friends, the hospital became her home. Over the next year, at
her lowest ebb, Hope faced the biggest challenge of her life. She had to find
the courage to beat her anorexia.
Hello, I'm Tom Rebair and I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa at the age of 16 after being rushed into hospital seriously unwell - around 8 years ago. In that time, I've had a number of hospital admissions, including an 6 month inpatient stay. As a male suffering from an eating disorder I've faced many stigmas, so as I've learnt ways to manage this illness, I've made it my mission to share my story and hopefully help other people out there struggling too. Through being as an ambassador for charities such as The Prince's Trust and YoungMinds, I have been able to share my journey to thousands of people at various events - even in front of royalty! I also was awarded a Points of Light award for my work in raising awareness, which led to an invite to No.10 for World Mental Health Day. Anorexia is still a daily battle for me, but with the right tools I've realised that you can still achieve great things despite it.