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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.”

Life with an adult-onset eating disorder – Guest Blogger

Our first guest blogger, Emily, shares her experience of adult-onset eating disorder: “My journey now is about the connection between ‘logic’ and all those unbearable complex emotions and feelings I have about food and my body (by which I really mean, myself and my life). I don’t think this is all too different for adult-onset eating disorders than it is for people who fall victim to this when younger.”

The power of journaling – National Writing Day

For National Writing Day 2020, Orri has launched a contributor section to our blog, meaning that those who have been impacted by an eating disorder can share their experience and thoughts to nurture hope in recovery. Nikki, Orri’s Creative Arts Therapist, shares her thoughts on the power of journaling.

A blog about recovery – by Lizzie

Lizzie, an expert by experience, shares a guest blog about her amazing recovery journey. “It’s not just about eating food, gaining weight, or being discharged from treatment. It’s about re-framing your thoughts, creating new behaviour patterns, developing self-awareness and ultimately, creating a healthy relationship with yourself, your body, and food.”

Men’s Health Week: Men’s Health Matters, a poem by our client

Our client shares a poem inspired by Men’s Health Week.
“So now we must talk and send out the message
It’s okay not to be okay.
As a man or boy; old or young
We want to hear what you have to say.”

Men’s Health Week: Men, we are here to hear you.

It’s Men’s Health Week, and whilst this week is focusing on keeping men safe during covid-19 and lockdown, we’re going to “add on” the experience of being a man with an eating disorder. About 25% of people experiencing eating disorder symptoms are male, yet there are still considerable barriers for men when attempting to access treatment, and a wide spread lack of knowledge about men who experiences eating disorders generally.

Men’s Health Week: Through the eyes of our male client

One of our amazing clients shares his experience of being a man with an eating disorder for Men’s Health Week. “It’s perfectly normal to hold anxiety about going into treatment but by taking that crucial first step, I no longer feel like I’m fighting my ED on my own.”

Men’s Health Week: The Risks to Men’s Mental Health During Covid-19 and Messages to Overcome Them

The psychological health of the nation is taking a substantial hit during Covid-19 and this is likely to affect everyone. As Men’s Mental Health Week begins what are the specific risks to men’s mental health during this pandemic?

Kindness Matters.

A recap of the amazing submissions from our clients for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. How do they make you feel?

Treatment that meets you where you are.

It should be common knowledge that there’s no one way to have an eating disorder. That there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to have a problem, and that someone’s weight or relationship to food – whatever it may look like – is not the only indication of their suffering. Our online Evening and Weekend Programmes evolved from the knowledge that there will never be a “right time” to start treatment…

“Kindness” – a poem by our client

Our client shares a poem inspired by the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week, “kindness”.
“…I get a chance to process, to think them through,
Then these acts of kindness become easier to do…”

Share your thoughts.