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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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Think Before You Scroll

Think Before You Scroll Social media can be a very scary place for some of us. It can sometimes feel as though everyone is having the time of their lives as you spend yet another night scrolling through your phone, battling today's mental health challenge and

How Nature Helps My Mental Health

How Nature Helps My Mental Health If ever there was a time to feel grateful for nature, it’s now. If it wasn’t for being able to walk outdoors, breathe in the fresh air and feel the sunshine on my face I don’t know how I’d have

A Reflection on Everything Life Has to Throw at You

A Reflection on Everything Life Has to Throw at You Recovery is a slow and gradual process. It’s likely I will never be ‘fully’ recovered, my disordered eating habits and anxiety are part of who I am and I accept that. However, I’ve recently been looking

Coping with Eating Disorder Recovery in a Pandemic

Coping with Eating Disorder Recovery in a Pandemic While other people turned to comfort food to cope with the stress of the pandemic, I found myself faced with a different urge: the urge to restrict. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended routines, coping strategies, and support systems

Support Groups and How They Can Help

Support Groups and How They Can Help Anyone with an eating disorder will tell you how much courage it can take to confide in somebody about their difficulty. Such complex struggles are often so hard to explain and there’s always a fear it might not come

Benefits of Volunteering

Benefits of Volunteering with First Steps ED Without a doubt, First Steps ED has played a huge role in my journey to recovery. From attending my first support group five years ago to today, I have so much to thank them for and can’t imagine where

Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret Guilt. Shame. Regret. Disgust. Weak. Fearful. Powerless. Just a few of the thoughts that went through my head as I endured another uncontrollable binge last night. My family were all in bed, leaving me alone with a kitchen full of temptations. I’d had

Where We Came From…

Where We Came From... After suffering from an eating disorder herself, Cathy Cleary saw a real need for support in Derby. Feeling motivated, Cathy set up the first support group in 2004, open to anyone who affected by eating disorders. Over the following three years many

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We are proud to support and offer a platform for individuals who are ready to share their stories and talk about their experiences of recovery. Together we can offer hope to lives affected by eating disorders. If you have something to say, a story to tell or advice to share, you are in the right place.

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