Sam joined our team of Eating Disorder Associates 8 months ago and brings with him a passion for advocating for men to access eating disorder treatment. We sat him down to learn more about what drives him in his role here at Orri.
Can you take a moment to introduce yourself?
Hi! I’m Sam.
How long have you been an Eating Disorder Associate (EDA) for and what were you doing before Orri?
Coming up on 8 months at Orri now, but still learning from our community every day. Before Orri, I read Politics and Economics at Loughborough University and then completed a Law conversion Masters at the University of Law in London.
How would you describe your role to people outside Orri?
The role of an EDA is to therapeutically assist in the recovery journeys of our clients. To be present, visible, and approachable. To maintain a safe and contained environment in the building outside of group therapy sessions.
To be part of the EDA team is to really be the glue that holds the community together, representing the ethos and values of Orri on the floor, by providing consistent, calm and boundaried support to our clients.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The little moments, small wins and fears faced. Being involved in the recovery journeys of our clients is a constant source of inspiration and a genuine privilege.
Outside of work, what do you do for your own mental wellbeing?
Simple pleasures – I love good food and good music around good people.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
As quoted by Albus Dumbledore:
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
We can’t expect to go through life without trials and tribulations, however the way in which we pick ourselves up in these moments is paramount and I believe shows true bravery and courage.
Do you have a mental health hero?