Primary care services are the first place people access when they want to begin a journey into mental health treatment and recovery. That first connection is one of the most important connections. It can make or break the beginning of your search for help. We're asked to open the conversation, but, at the heart of … Continue reading Methods for Mental Health: A Tale of Two GPs
Disclaimer: I am a white Scottish woman and this post comes from a white, Scottish, female perspective therefore I do not speak for people of colour. This is my attempt to use my privilege to highlight the injustices within mental health awareness. This post mainly deals with people who are black whether this is Caribean … Continue reading Let Them Be Heard
Disclaimer: this post details eating disorders and the behaviours that surround it and may be particularly graphic. Therefore if you feel you may be triggered by this then either avoid this post or view at your own discretion. I also speak about purging behaviours such as vomiting, therefore people who have emetophobia or an adversion … Continue reading The Relapse
“Connell wished he knew how other people conducted their private lives, so that he could copy from example.” Like most people, I'm absolutely engrossed and obsessed with Sally Rooney's Normal People. Yes, I saw the TV show first before the book, which I am currently reading. However, I came across this line early in the … Continue reading Emulating Others’ Lives
I recently read Seconds To Snap by Scottish author, Tina McGuff, and it elicited so many strong emotions with every word that I realised this was one of the best books to read to understand the shame, and guilt concerning eating disorders. Seconds To Snap takes you through the dark details of an eating disorder so often missed in popular culture, and is an important lesson in eating disorder awareness.
It's been over a week since the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks to combat the coronavirus. The lockdown rules dictate that you cannot leave your house unless it's for medical need, exercise, caring for a vulnerable person, and food shopping (but as infrequently as possible.) In other words, … Continue reading Just Five More Sets: The UK Lockdown and Eating Disorder-Related Exercise
You support the family. You support the friends. You support the colleagues. You support everyone. If you do this, you support the person with the eating disorder.
Walking up a flight of beige stairs, my heart beat in triple time with every step, I could feel nausea settling deep into my stomach. I can turn back now and just pretend like I never contacted them, I thought as I stepped closer and closer to the waiting room. I wanted so badly to turn around and go back to the library, hide behind my university work, and push down the anxiety and depression. But, before I knew it, I was knocking on the door of the receptionist, and announcing myself: "Hi, I'm Adrienne. I've got an appointment at 2pm." This is my experience of counselling at university.
When I was unwell, I was heavily addicted to Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia sites; a method of keeping me stuck in the cycle of disordered eating. This is my experience.
When I was 20, I dialled a number I never thought I would. And it changed my life before I could end it #Samaritans