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.”

“Your recovery voice is cheering you on, today, tomorrow, all the way along” – Orri’s Festive People’s Playlist

Orri’s community rocked their way into the festive period with our ‘Festive People’s Playlist’ on Spotify! Each song was contributed by our wonderful clients to share support and build confidence in recovery. Have a listen!

Being intentional in recovery

Our theme for January is Being Intentional. But what does it mean to be intentional in eating disorder recovery, and how do we go about setting intentions?

Today’s Beauty – a poem by our Eating Disorder Associate

Nia is an Eating Disorder Associate at Orri and has written a poem to inspire hope and trust in recovery. “For today, giving your best is enough.”

What are you leaving or taking into 2022?

There’s something very alluring about a new year and the tradition of new year’s resolutions. But the traditional approach tends to lack the compassion, patience and curiosity that many of us nurture throughout recovery from an eating disorder. We invite you to consider an alternative approach and to share your thoughts with us.

Hannah’s kinder approach to New Years Resolutions

Our Eating Disorder & Research Associate, Hannah, shares her thoughts and suggestions for New Years Resolutions.

Christmas Tips from our Social Media Recovery Community

Recovery wisdom is best sourced from the people who have been through it. So, we asked our Instagram followers for their tips for maintaining recovery over the festive period. So, we turned to our Instagram community to see what tips they could offer to those who may be struggling with their recovery this season.

Orri’s Kitchen: Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies

Our Chef, Ben, is back with another recipe! This time, we’re going for sweet over savoury with some gingerbread snowflake cookies. Give them a go and share pictures with us on Instagram!

Recovering at Christmas Webinar

We recently hosted a free webinar about keeping your recovery on track over the festive period. Here is a recap of what we discussed, and you’ll find a recording of the webinar at the bottom of the page.

Orri’s Kitchen: Sage, Onion and Cranberry Biscuit Trees

We’ve been busy in the kitchen! Orri’s Chef, Ben, shares a recipe for Sage, Onion and Cranberry Biscuit Trees in case you want to give it a go at home!

The cure for it all, by Julia Fehrenbacher

Jacqui, Orri’s Online Clinical Manager, shares this poem for recovery by Julia Fehrenbacher. We hope it inspires you to breathe.

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