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We are passionate about offering a service and community which is inclusive, empathic, understanding and non-judgmental. We believe that support should be available for all those affected by eating difficulties and disorders regardless of age, race, gender identity, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

These principles of equality and diversity underpin our person-centred, service user led approach to mental health and a big part of the reason we decided to launch our blog space. Here you’ll find First Steps ED updates, as well as stories and features from our community. We want to give everyone an opportunity to share stories, introduce unheard voices and discuss important topics around mental health and eating disorders.

Adelaide’s Story

Adelaide's Story I’m Adelaide, aged 23 and I have recovered from Anorexia Nervosa. Where it started: I had suffered from mental health problems from a young age. What started out as mild anxiety, quickly developed into panic attacks and severe depression. Throughout school, I hated myself.

Occupational Therapy in the Recovery of Eating Disorders

Occupational Therapy in the Recovery of Eating Disorders What is an Occupational Therapist? Occupational Therapy (OT) is a healthcare role which involves improving individuals’ ability to do everyday activities. They help people with: Disability Someone recovering from an illness or operation Mental health

My Eating Disorders and it’s Harmful Secrets

My Eating Disorder and it’s Harmful Secrets - Trigger Warning: This blog contains descriptions of thoughts and feelings around restriction and disordered eating behaviors which could potentially be triggering or distressing for some individuals.Neglecting my dietary needs replaced the neglect of the needs that I couldn’t see,

Adam’s Story

Adam's Story I have recently finished 16 weeks of sessions at First Steps ED and wanted to share my experience. In the first session, I was introduced to the specialist support officer who would be dealing with me for the duration of my time with First Steps.

Body Image in Young People and Children

Body Image in Young People and Children What is Body Image?  Body image is a combination of different thoughts and feelings that you may have about your body. It is a permanent construction that can start during childhood and may impact you throughout the rest of

Things I Wish I Knew About Therapy

Things I Wish I Knew About Therapy I perched, sweaty palms locked together on the emerald sofa wondering what on earth I was going to say. I could feel my breathing quicken and my chest tighten. One singular thought kept circulating. ‘I don’t deserve this person’s

The More Self-conscious, The Worse I Feel

The More Self-conscious, The Worse I Feel If you’re reading this, chances are you or someone you know has experienced being self-conscious. But how is this connected to low mood and what can we DO about it? Self-consciousness (SC) or the technical term, self focused attention,

Molly-Jane’s Story

Molly-Jane's Story Chapter 1 Ignorance isn’t always bliss – Accepting I need help On July 26th, I got to walk on stage as I was awarded the most inspiring tutor of the year. Sadly, that night I went home and continued to struggle with my

Imperfectly Perfect

Imperfectly Perfect I had always been a healthy kid until one day that changed.  Someone close to me made fun of my appearance, and that is when I became more conscious. It was then my struggle began.  There was a certain imaginary yet expected criteria of

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