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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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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

Fundraising for First Steps with Be Defiant

Fundraising for First Steps with Be Defiant The impact of the pandemic on our mental health is unmistakeable. Fear and uncertainty have fuelled an increase in anxiety symptoms across the UK and it set to continue as we still adjust to changes to our routines and

Celebrating Pride in Belper

Celebrating Pride in Belper In case you missed it... It was such a pleasure to take part in ⁦Belper's online pride event this year! Thank you to our incredible ambassadors who joined together to create such a wonderful video which shows our pride and passion for

Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan Marina Keegan was a promising young author, playwright and journalist who graduated from Yale University in 2012. She died at the age of 22. The Opposite of Loneliness is the legacy she left behind. The year this

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