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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.

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Misconceptions About Eating Disorders

Misconceptions About Eating Disorders “Eating disorders are just about vanity.”   “If you have an eating disorder you just want to be thin.”   “Eating disorders are a way of getting control.” Recognise any of these? Heard them before? I’ve lived with an eating disorder for over ten

Eating Disorders Do Not Have “A Look”

Eating Disorders Do Not Have "A Look" I was diagnosed with Atypical Anorexia one month before my 40th birthday. Nine months earlier I’d been sat in the doctor’s room for the first time, trying to explain that I had “issues with food”. I don’t know whether

Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig I’m not a great reader, I wish I was. I am what I describe as a ‘fair-weather reader’. It is not until summer arrives that I pull myself away from work and catch up on those reading

Love in the Darkest Places Pt. 3

Love in the Darkest Places Pt. 3 Don't forget to read Part One & Two XXIII How to feel beautiful without feeling hungry:   I don’t know     XXIIII   My Favourite Monster The truth of how I feel Asks to be set free Acknowledged and recognised

What Is Reiki And How Does It Work?

What Is Reiki And How Does It Work? Given the complex nature of eating disorders and the difficulty of treating them, it makes sense for those in recovery to keep an open mind and explore alternative forms of treatment and therapies which might complement their existing

Love in the Darkest Places Pt. 2

Love in the Darkest Places Pt. 2 Don't forget to read Part One VIIII   The Path Less Travelled I’m feeling pretty peaceful Turning to contentment From confusion and delusion so many hard years spent   I want for nothing Need for nothing, today My inner voice isn’t

Supporting Students with Eating Disorders

Supporting Students with Eating Disorders We’re proud to have supported Student Minds on a groundbreaking research project to understand the provision of support for students with eating disorders across the UK, with the aim to make national recommendations on what we can be doing better to support

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Leave a Lasting Legacy It is never too early to start thinking about the world we’ll one day leave behind. Gifts left to First Steps ED are absolutely vital to our work. Every single donation enables us to provide services to anyone suffering with an eating

Love in the Darkest Places Pt. 1

Love in the Darkest Places Pt. 1 I Home I’m not sure I know how to feel beautiful Without feeling hungry   It’s the emptiness in my belly That fills me with false joy And false love And it empties my heart along with it Now

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