We sat down with Liam, Eating Disorder Associate here at Orri, to learn more about his role and why he chose to work in mental health services.

Can you take a moment to introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Liam! I’m a 24-year-old guy from Devon. 

How long have you been an Eating Disorder Associate (EDA) for and what were you doing before Orri?

I’ve been working as an EDA at Orri for a few months now. Previously, I was a student of Economics, finding myself working in the care industry around mental health upon graduating during the pandemic. Since then, I have worked in a residential setting around children with special needs and in homeless charities.  

How would you describe your role to people outside Orri?

As an EDA, I work within our multi-disciplinary team here at Orri to provide on-the-ground support to our clients in the building. We accompany clients at times when they aren’t in therapy sessions throughout the day, to help them reflect on their recovery, give emotional support, and assist with all the logistical tasks of their day. 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The thing I enjoy most about the role is the sociable element of frequent interaction with clients and the multi-disciplinary team.

What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your role?

The role carries a number of challenging aspects too. Getting up to speed on the learning the specifics of individual client’s conditions has probably been the biggest challenge, and has required a lot of patience and concentration.

What do you feel is most unique about Orri?

What makes Orri so unique in my eyes is the combination of different forms of therapy and services available to clients in the building.

Outside of work, what do you do for your own mental wellbeing?

To support my own mental health outside working with Orri, I find exercise particularly helpful – running and playing football help me to rest my attention away from work life.

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

If I had to choose a quote for inspiration or hope, I like this one by Mark Twain:

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened”. 

Do you have a mental health hero?

If I had to choose a mental health hero Troy Deeney would stand out as a clear contender!

Why did you decide to work in mental health?

I chose to work in mental health because I’ve seen first-hand the damaging effects of poor mental health and isolation experienced by those close to me, and feel that I have some wisdom from those experiences to support others in their struggles. Mental health has also been a fascinating element of a number of care-related jobs which I’ve worked in up until now.

If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?

My piece of advice to any therapy-seeker is to try to be as honest as possible with yourself about exactly where you’re at. 

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