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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.

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

Trigger or Treat: Halloween and ED Recovery

Trigger or Treat: Halloween in ED Recovery It’s the season filled with spooky decorations, dark nights, and pumpkin carving. A time when people of all ages can enjoy sweet treats and chocolatey delights. However, for individuals struggling with eating disorders, Halloween can be a challenging period

What can I talk about in therapy?

What can I talk about in therapy? Perhaps you’re interested in starting therapy but just don’t know what you’re supposed to talk about… the short answer is there are no rules about what you should or shouldn’t say in a counselling session, however, that would make

Understanding Self Harm and Suicidal Thoughts

Understanding Self Harm and Suicidal Thoughts It is not unusual for those suffering with an eating disorder or any mental illness to experience feelings and thoughts of self-harm or suicidal. These thoughts and feelings are not uncommon, and it is crucial to recognize their seriousness and

Eating Disorders: Why Symptoms Might Worsen over Summer

Eating Disorders: Why Symptoms Might Worsen over Summer Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is often associated with cold weather and dark nights, but it’s not only winter that can cause mental well-being to take a dive. Many people with eating disorders find summer is a far scarier

How to Prioritise Mental Wellbeing this Summer

How to Prioritise Mental Wellbeing this Summer There’s a general idea that when the weather’s nice, people are automatically happy. But as anyone who has ever struggled with their mental health can tell you, that’s not always the case! The summer months can be just as

Back to School and Recovery

Back to School and Recovery Summer has come to an end, the nights are drawing in, and before we know it, we are all back to school... This time can be particularly difficult for those struggling with eating behaviours. The sudden change of routine and uncertainty

Can dopamine dysregulation cause eating disorders?

Can dopamine dysregulation cause eating disorders? Eating behaviour is a type of motivated behaviour directed towards the goal of acquiring energy, and varies over different contexts (Higgs et al., 2014). Disruption to eating can result in eating disorders (Weiss, 1995; Higgs et al., 2014). Eating disorders (EDs)

Eating Disorders and Body Image: Surviving the Summer Season

Eating Disorders and Body Image: Surviving the Summer Season Summer poses a lot of unnecessary triggers and stressful situations to those struggling with eating disorders. These can range from social pressures to the uncomfortable heat! So, we have compiled some tips to help you and your

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