Extending our impact: advocating for better treatment and understanding of eating disorders.
Advocacy is at the heart of what we do.
We believe that recovery from an eating disorder is possible when people have access to the right support for their individual needs. However, we know that there aren’t enough treatment options for people and their families living with eating disorders in the UK.
To us, the treatment landscape is missing the ‘middle’ part of the care pathway where, instead of a restrictive hospital setting, people receive early intervention in a dedicated Specialist Day Treatment programme that takes place alongside your everyday life.
Our charity partner, Beat, recently called for intensive community treatment to be available for all people suffering with eating disorders. Andrew Radford, their Chief Executive, noted the importance of a service such as ours:
“Quite simply, early intervention saves lives. Yet sufferers are routinely told they aren’t ‘ill’ enough for treatment. The current treatment landscape is letting people down – there is a huge need for the type of service that Orri is providing, which helps people with eating disorders to seek treatment earlier, and to integrate it into their everyday lives.” – Andrew Radford, Chief Executive, Beat
Dr Paul Robinson, Director of Research and Development at Orri and a former chair of the Faculty of Eating Disorders at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, highlighted the need for more options for those suffering:
“There are not enough treatment options available for people and their families living with eating disorders, leading to a cycle of waiting lists, hospitalisation, and insufficient, inconsistent support. At the heart of Orri’s philosophy is a comprehensive treatment approach. We don’t just focus on the physical manifestation of the eating disorder, but instead seek to get to the root of the problem, exploring how it has evolved and tacking the underlying issues that are reinforcing it.” – Dr Paul Robinson, Orri
Orri is taking part in key research projects to support the transition towards a more flexible and community-based approach to eating disorder recovery. Keep an eye out for more information on this.
Extending our impact
We understand that to improve early intervention and access to treatment, we firstly need to improve education around eating disorders. As such, Orri has developed a social impact initiative to extend our expertise beyond the walls of our London centre.
We pledge to:
- Provide support to those most at risk of suffering, particularly those at school or studying in university
- Empower people to feel confident to ask the right questions and have conversations around eating disorders
- Streamline referral pathways to specialist treatment to avoid delay
- Equip people with the skills they need to support a loved one
- Raise awareness in the general public about eating disorders and how to get help