Our London clinic has reopened to resume in person treatment. Online programmes remain alongside. Click here to learn more.

A space for you.

At Orri, we believe that recovery is possible. However, we know that it is often hard for individuals to hold onto this hope and believe that it is possible for themselves, too.

Here, we’ve created a collaborative space for individuals (and their families) to share their stories and experiences, providing a space to nurture hope in recovery.

If you have something to say about eating disorder recovery, here is your place to say it. Our moderators will read your submission and, if it follows our guidelines, we will publish it on our blog.

Pen at the ready? Read through our FAQ below and find the submission form further below.

Writing for our blog.

Can I submit a blog post?

Anyone who has been impacted by an eating disorder may submit a piece of writing. It may be that you yourself are recovered or recovering, or, you may have cared for a loved one who had an eating disorder. This is a space to tell your story.

What should I write about?

At Orri, we believe that holding onto hope and nurturing hope in eating disorder recovery is extremely important.

As such, we would encourage you to share thoughts and experiences that shine a positive light on recovery.

Is there anything else I should know?

This is your space, so write from the heart.

All submissions are monitored by our Social Impact Manager, Ellie, not our clinical team.

Is there anything I shouldn't write about?

We want to keep Orri’s website and blog as a safe refuge for those who are struggling. As such, we will not share any posts that include triggering content. Please avoid mentioning specific numbers around weight, diets, exercise or purging habits, or graphic descriptions.

Why would you not share my blog post?

We will not share your writing if it includes any of the triggering content mentioned above, or, if there is any clearly identifiable information about yourself or others.

What if I want to share an image?

Please email the image and the blog post to: askOrri@orri-uk.com

We ask that submissions don’t include photographs that may be triggering such as before/after pictures. All photographs will be reviewed by our team.

If you are struggling and in need of immediate support, please note that submissions are monitored on a weekly basis so we would recommend you reach out to our Admissions Manager, Ivana, to discuss treatment, or, reach out to our charity partner, Beat.

A note from Nikki, our Creative Arts Therapist.

“I often hear our clients say things like, ‘I’m really in my own head’, ‘I don’t really know how I’m feeling’ and ‘I’ve just got so many thoughts’. Finding a starting place to begin to unravel these can feel understandably overwhelming, yet there is something powerful in the physical act of ‘showing up’, pen in hand and getting some of those thoughts OUT of our heads and ONTO the page. We can begin to slowly untangle the web, to get enough distance from the thoughts that we can observe and bear witness to them in the hope that maybe, by the end of the page, we might have a clearer sense of how the answer the question, ‘how am I feeling?’.

 

As humans, we are beautifully imperfect, and we are walking-talking contradictions. When our clients are feeling particularly consumed by the voice of the eating disorder, other parts can quickly get lost. The part that may be considering recovery, or the part that may be feeling hopeful. Journaling has the potential to make space for these parts and hold them. It can physically hold them and be available for us on the days where we may needing to hear a message of hope or read an encouragement, whilst we can also ‘close the book’ on the more painful feelings that may be burdensome to carry around, and take comfort that they have been seen, that they are valid, that they matter.”

4 things to remember before heading off to university

It’s completely normal to struggle during the transition to university. If you’re not having a good time “all the time”, that is okay! You’re not a failure, it just takes time to settle in. Here are 4 things to consider as you prepare for student life in recovery.

Managing and coping with transitions

Experiencing transitions – or change – can bring about challenges or dilemmas that have the potential to overwhelm us and our ability to cope. Here are our top tips for managing and coping with transitions.

‘Anorexia’ – poem by our Guest Blogger

Our latest Guest Blogger shares her experience of her illness through a poem, “I am learning that shame and secrecy only allow it more control and that being more open takes away some of its power.”

Helping your child through the transition to university

Transitions have the capacity to illuminate our vulnerabilities, but within that, our opportunities. Here’s our tips for parents supporting a child in the transition to university.

Your checklist for university

A big part of recovery involves holding yourself accountable to your goals and taking proactive steps towards creating an environment that fosters your recovery. Here’s a checklist for you to consider ahead of the move to university.

Moving to university with an eating disorder – Guest Blogger

Our latest Guest Blogger shares her advice for making the transition to university and prioritising recovery, “Recovery is a mindset, and it’s possible to cultivate it wherever you are.”

Our Dietitian’s tips for recovering at university

Moving to university can be a challenging time because it’s full of change and new experiences. Our Senior Dietitian, Paula, takes us through her top tips for keeping recovery the priority whilst settling into student life.

When the work begins…

Our founder and CEO, Kerrie, shares her thoughts about joining an online recovery community.

Your questions answered about online treatment

We asked our Instagram followers for their questions about online treatment.

Common fears about online treatment

It’s normal to be apprehensive about treatment for an eating disorder. You’re asking yourself to be incredibly brave in the face of many unknowns and to hold on tight to that small voice inside that knows you deserve better. Here we respond to the common fears around accessing treatment online.

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