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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.”

Winter and the Second Lockdown: Turning Inwards, Finding Hope – Guest Blogger

Ileana is a Psychology Master’s student at the University of Bristol. Here, she reflects on entering the second lockdown during the winter season, considering how we might take steps forward in recovery by ‘turning inward’ like nature during the season of hibernation.

Orri’s Response: Anorexia: How the eating disorder took the lives of five women (BBC News)

A mother, an Olympic hopeful, a medical student, a waitress and a writer. In a recent article, BBC News asked: “What do the lives and deaths of five women tell us about how anorexia is managed and treated?” This is Orri’s response to their article.

Our Psychologist’s Recommendations for the Second Lockdown

Dr Katie Kalinowski is Orri’s Clinical Psychologist. As we enter our second lockdown, here are her 3 tips for keeping recovery on track. “You are allowed to look after your wellbeing even if it doesn’t feel like you’re earning it.”

Moving online for the second lockdown

The decision to move online was not an easy one, and we are very aware of the implications the first lockdown had on the wider eating disorder community. However, preserving the safety of our clients has always been at the heart of Orri’s approach.

How does your body experience stress?

When we talk about stress, we have to talk about the nervous system. Initially, it was understood that there were two parts of the nervous system: the para-sympathetic and the sympathetic, however an update to our understanding of the nervous system introduced the poly-vagal theory with the introduction of a third strand of the nervous system. Here’s how stress plays a role in poly-vagal theory…

6 ways to create a routine for winter

We’re writing to you today on a crisp, grey afternoon, where the autumn season feels more and more like winter. Does it feel like this for you, too? When seasons change, our routine changes. Just as the trees let go of their leaves in order to turn inward and conserve energy, we may let go of activities that we no longer have the – mental or physical – energy for, in order to rest and restore in winter months.

Orri’s Kitchen: Ooky-Spooky Cookie Recipe

Halloween parties may be off the cards, but we can still celebrate with baked goods! Michael, Orri’s superb Head Chef, shares an Ooky-Spooky Cookie recipe for the Halloween weekend.

Recovery inspiration from our clients

Perhaps people have told you that recovery isn’t possible, or, that recovery is years and years and years away…we don’t blame you if that mindset has made you feel disempowered and discouraged (we would feel this way to). We believe that recovery is possible, particularly because we see it happen every day at Orri…

Black History Month: Eating Disorders and Body Image

Orri’s Consultant Family Therapist, Karen Carberry, shares her thoughts for Black History Month “…we are reminded that eating disorders occur across race, cultures and genders, and therefore when treating Black people in this field – who are an underrepresented group in our services – inclusivity of body images and representation across client, staff groups, and educational literature is key to enhance self-worth.”

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Alice Pegram

Alice is one of Orri’s Eating Disorder Associates and joined the team in September upon the reopening of our face-to-face service in London! We sat her down to learn more about her role and interest in treating eating disorders…

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