Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a big week for all of us in the sector who are passionate about changing the way we approach eating disorder treatment and recovery.

We spent the week talking with healthcare professionals and individual with eating disorders about the barriers people face to getting support. As our charity partner, Beat, illuminated so well: medical training (aka, a true understanding of eating disorders and their severity and nuance) is a very real barrier for people who are trying to access support.Feeling seen and heard when you’re contemplating recovery is so important. It takes such courage to recognise that you have a problem, let alone take the brave step to reach out for help. This decision, therefore, must be treated with upmost respect and compassion. We must recognise what it takes to decide to recover – and honour the individual in that process.

“The very definition of being “human” means that one is mortal, vulnerable and imperfect.  Therefore, self-compassion involves recognizing that suffering and personal inadequacy is part of the shared human experience – something that we all go through rather than being something that happens to “me” alone.” – Dr Kristin Neff

Here’s what we got up to during the week…

When to seek help for an eating disorder

For Eating Disorders Awareness Week, our team of specialist eating disorder clinicians came together to discuss when to seek help for an eating disorder. This recording is a good watch for anyone who is concerned about themselves or a loved one:

For healthcare professionals…

Our team of specialists along with an Orri alumni client discussed how to treat complex eating disorder cases:

In this recorded webinar below, Orri’s clinicians hosted a free webinar discussing the remote management of eating disorders:

As mentioned in our Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2022 blog, we supported Beat in calling for all UK medical schools and foundation programmes to introduce proper training on eating disorders. To help individuals navigate the national health service, we wrote a blog on how to navigate a GP appointment for an eating disorder.

We have come away from Eating Disorders Awareness Week recognising even more the importance of sharing the expertise of our team with the wider healthcare sector to help improve understanding of eating disorders and outcomes in treatment. This is the reason we launched our free CPD seminar series.

Thank you to all of those who joined us last week.

We don’t consider ourselves a treatment service, but rather, a recovery community – and it was a joy to come together as a community last week to fight for what we’re deeply passionate about.

Do you have any questions? Get in touch with us!