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.”

Food and Eating Disorder Recovery, with Orri’s Dietetics Team

Have you asked our specialist Dietetics team a food question based on your recovery? They may have answered it in our latest blog…

Eating Disorder Recovery, Neurodivergence and Disability, by Emily Nuttall: Blog 3 Autism and Anorexia – Guest Blogger

The third entry of her Guest Blogger series, Emily Nuttall explores how specialised treatment for her anorexia and autism was integral in her sustaining recovery.

Eating Disorder Recovery, Neurodivergence and Disability, by Emily Nuttall: Blog 2 – Guest Blogger

Second guest blog from mental health campaigner, Emily Nuttall. Here, she poignantly shares her mental health struggles and lived experience of an eating disorder.

Eating Disorder Recovery, Neurodivergence and Disability, by Emily Nuttall: Blog 1 – Guest Blogger

Mental health campaigner, Emily Nuttall, shares her lived experience of an eating disorder in a series of guest blogs. Her first entry explores her birth story and diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

Here’s why you are not your thoughts.

Suffering with depression can be lonely and exhausting. Mental difficulty can draw such mental and physical energy that it can be hard to keep motivation up in recovery. Yet despite what depression may tell you, you are not defined by it – it isn’t your whole self…

Recovering from ARFID: 3 things to note…

There is no one way to have ARFID and symptoms will present differently from person to person. If you have been diagnosed with ARFID or feel you may be struggling with some of the symptoms, here are three things below to keep in mind for your recovery…

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Atlanta

Atlanta is an online Eating Disorder Associate, based in Cornwall. In this blog, she describes her role at Orri and how she supports our clients, virtually.

Meet our Sport and Exercise Psychologist: Stacey Fensome

Stacey is Orri’s new (and first) Sport and Exercise Psychologist. We sat her down to learn more about her role and how her work is integral to our clients’ recovery.

Why it’s important, now more than ever, to talk about suicide: a blog for World Suicide Prevention Day

It’s World Suicide Prevention Day, a globally recognised day that aims to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. This year’s theme is “Creating Hope through Action” – a poignant reminder that where there is hope, there is light in recovery.

‘Why would online eating disorder treatment be for me?’

We believe eating disorder treatment should meet you where you are, in life and in location. Our specialist online treatment is an accessible, flexible, face-to-face programme for recovery. Read on to learn more.

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