I remember having a medical emergency with my heart. I was rushed into hospital and the flowers, get well cards, hampers
I’m the author of ‘Seconds to Snap’ which is the critically acclaimed & bestselling book accounting my experiences with anorexia and how I was able to reclaim my life from the brink of it ending - to live a happy and successful life. I live in Scotland, and a passionate campaigner for mental health, and attend speaking events across the world as part of my global aim to raise awareness of the condition and help end the stigma around Mental Health issues. My story is a message of hope and how recovery is possible. I’m invited regularly on TV in the UK appearing on Lorraine Kelly, Channel 5, Jeremy Vine as well as national newspapers and magazines. Talks in schools, universities and workplaces across the world. Alongside supporting many families and sufferers on a one to one basis. The Lancet Medical journals review has allowed me to work alongside clinicians in general practice as well as private hospitals and therapists helping many others. The British Psychological Society invited me to become as a critical reader on guidelines around eating disorders in the UK Brenda Chapman the creator/ director of Brave is writing the screenplay of ‘Seconds To Snap’ for potential movie options in 2018.
I love this time of year... However it was not always like this
11/12/2017 15:14 GMT
My pursuit of perfection in every aspect of my life was exhausting...I now know from speaking to so many others I was not
23/11/2017 09:46 GMT
Oral Health V Mental Health Without question we all expect to go to the dentist every 6 months for our routine oral health
22/11/2017 11:29 GMT
As a teenager I suffered terribly with anorexia and was sectioned into an adult psychiatric unit to keep me alive. By the time I was 20 years old I was ready to be integrated into society via a rehab unit as I had lost all my social skills.
14/09/2017 17:09 BST
My whole self flourished as each page turned. By the end of the book I felt like I was starting to understand myself and why my brain had created the monstrous anorexia. It allowed me to become mentally fitter each day and make sense of what had just happened.
14/06/2017 12:04 BST
I covered self-esteem, self-awareness, mental fitness, being non-judgmental, resilience, compassion and the power of positivity and the impact of how having all of this can help you through some challenging times in life you may or may not face.
26/05/2017 14:26 BST
I would often seek solace in a bottle of alcohol, use various other methods to steal me from the toxic home environment I found myself in or simply try and end my life.
05/05/2017 12:14 BST
In my talks I explain the whole journey and hope it helps others seek out further information that I know from experience can make huge differences to lives. The feedback I get from people is inspiring to me as so many have went out and really worked hard to discover themselves through various different ways.
28/04/2017 15:34 BST
To date raising all the children is the most rewarding thing I've ever done. It's been an honour for me to have raised them the best I could. I can honestly say hand on heart I've given it my best shot - also to watch them become happy adults has been everything I had hoped for.
21/04/2017 11:56 BST
It was a wonderful experience and I loved every minute. My very fair Scottish skin did not take too kindly at all to the glorious sun... My face developed what I felt at the time were the ugliest freckles. They were huge and sporadic. They had no regular path or shape. If they had I may not have been so conscious of them.
20/04/2017 14:53 BST
I tried to tell a friend for comfort and she told me I was a potential danger to her child so needed to stay away. I was devastated. I did not know what to say and simply withdrew further into my mental anguish, staying away from everyone like a shamed hermit. Silenced again by another person's opinion which I valued dearly at the time.
19/04/2017 16:12 BST
Since then, on many occasions I've heard many naive people say to sufferers or their loved ones: "Just eat something". Or stupid things like: "God I wish I could be anorexic for a few weeks to lose some weight".
18/04/2017 13:53 BST
Dubai is a remarkable city - vibrant, multicultural, intelligent, future thinking and led by a very smart man, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who has wonderful foresight for his beloved country and its people.
13/04/2017 12:49 BST
They say all suicides are preventable by speaking out - reaching out. Having the confidence to open up about what you're going through is clearly the hardest thing for so many people to do as they fear the reactions of the loved ones towards them.
03/04/2017 14:27 BST
As a 13 years old teenager my family fell apart after a very violent divorce. Our house was repossessed and at times we had no money for food. I would raid the bins for bottles to help feed my younger sisters.
30/03/2017 17:21 BST
Never underestimate the impact just being there listening to someone can make a huge difference... Sometimes we all need to feel there is someone there to support us in a time of vulnerability without fear of judgement or stigma.
28/03/2017 17:16 BST
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