It's World Mental Health Day today and as someone who has recovered from anorexia and now works with clients with eating disorders and other addictions, it leads me to think:
Just as managing work can be extremely difficult and stressful, living with an eating disorder can be highly taxing. Over the years when I suffered with anorexia, I was so preoccupied with avoiding food, compulsively exercising and abusing laxatives in order to lose weight that my eating disorder eventually became much more important and time-consuming than work.
That is why my dad and I are supporting the important 'Spot the Signs' initiative of Beat, the UK's eating disorder charity. As people mark this year's World Mental Health Day, with its theme of 'mental health in the workplace', we hope that more employers will recognise the value of preventative education of their staff.
I thought about death almost hourly. I knew in my heart that at any given moment I could lose my mum. I also understood that at any moment I could drop dead, and that isn't the nicest thought to have with your Weetabix.
The recent Netflix film To The Bone required Lily Collins to lose weight for the lead role to show a skeletal figure. This is often how we envisage people struggling with anorexia but this is not always the case.
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.
Thousands of people in the UK are diagnosed with eating disorders every year, with many workforces including employers who
More people coming forward will compel GPs to have the training they ought to, and will hopefully force commissioners to fund services to support people before they become critically unwell and their lives are put at risk. In the mean time, society may have to pick up the pieces for the lack of support available, but this shouldn't be the case.