As a social impact-led business, we exist to make tangible change in the community. This means that we prioritise work that consciously serves the community and solves a community need.
The prevalence of people with serious eating disorders that require specialist treatment is increasing in the UK and beyond.
Recently published data from an NHS 2019 survey found that a fifth of women and 13% of men could test positive for an eating disorder in England. Yet referral waiting times, underfunding, and a lack of education in eating disorders often means that people don’t receive the help that they truly need and can wait up to three years into their illness before getting support.
Our social impact initiative is focused on extending the expertise of our team beyond the Zoom calls and walls of our London clinic to improve early intervention and reach those who – for whatever reason – may not be able to access Orri or specialist eating disorder treatment.
We do this by connecting with the eating disorder community through different touchpoints and platforms, such as our bi-weekly newsletter, creating downloadable workbooks on our website, hosting frequent Instagram Lives and free webinars with our specialist team, and sharing social posts and Instagram stories that speak directly to the lived experience of an eating disorder, and all the questions and concerns that might come alongside this.
We know that to improve early intervention and access to treatment, we need to improve education around eating disorders. Since we opened in 2018, we’ve met with and trained many university wellbeing teams and GPs in eating disorders, highlighting their risk and sharing practical and helpful insights into how to have difficult conversations and engage people who may be very nervous about receiving support.
We want to empower people to feel confident to ask the right questions and have conversations around eating disorders, as well as equip people with the skills and knowledge they need to support a loved one or signpost for specialist help.