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.”

Meet the Eating Disorder Associate: Arianna

Arianna joined Orri’s London eating disorder clinic, coming from an eating disorder department based in Italy. She works as an Eating Disorder Associate and supports clients daily with their recovery. Read more about her role in our blog.

8 recovery affirmations for you, by those who have been there.

Our online community share their favourite eating disorder recovery affirmations, to bring hope into your recovery today.

A breathing practice with our Yoga Therapist, for International Day of Yoga

For International Day of Yoga, we invite you to participate in a breathing practice with Vicky, Orri’s Yoga Therapist.

Recovering from Bulimia: 4 things to keep telling yourself

Bulimia is often characterised by denial and resistance, so when a person comes to treatment, we have to recognise that they have already taken very important steps in their recovery. If you’re reading this and living with bulimia, here are four things we want you to remember when those days in recovery feel tough…

3 things you can do when your thinking style is an obstacle in eating disorder recovery.

Eating disorder recovery can be challenging and unpredictable. Week-on-week feelings can change, we may experience unplanned setbacks, but also learn new and important things about ourselves along the way. True healing takes place when you learn to accept what it is, let go of what was and welcome new experiences.
Though, how can we move forward in recovery if we feel “stuck” in unhelpful thinking patterns? What if our thinking style is the obstacle in your journey?

Men’s Health Week: why men still experience stigma when living with an eating disorder.

There is no “one way” to have an eating disorder. How they manifest both physically and mentally is unique to each individual, yet stereotypes and myths prevail that create barriers to individuals accessing help. Today we explore why men continue to face unique barriers to eating disorder support.

We explore this more below and identify what Orri does as an organisation to facilitate supportive and compassionate care.

Meet the Marketing Team: Fabian

Welcoming Fabian, a new addition to our Marketing team! With a passion for design and social media, he hopes to bring his experience of working in the mental health sector to his creative role, here at Orri.

Recovering from BED: 4 things you can hold…

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is a serious mental illness characterised by periods of bingeing – often in response to emotional distress or triggers – and, for some, compensation for the binge through restrictive eating and exercise.
If you are recovering from BED, here are four things we want you to hold onto…

The layers of stigma as a man with an eating disorder – Guest Blogger, for Men’s Health Week

Adam Fare, expert by experience, kindly shares his thoughts and personal experience of navigating eating disorder treatment as a male. 

How to nurture yourself and your loved one, for Carers Week

At Orri, we understand the importance of the role of the caregiver and are aware of the demands this role may have on the carers’ lifestyle.  If you find yourself caring for a loved one with an eating disorder, know we are here for you too.

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