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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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Finding What Works For You in the New Year

Finding What Works For You in the New Year January always sets us up for a better and brighter outlook on life and we enter the new year with such high hopes of how ‘this is OUR year’, excited for change and raring to go. In

Obesity and Eating Disorders: What’s the Connection?

Obesity and Eating Disorders, What's the Connection? Obesity and eating disorders are usually seen as very different problems, but do they share some similarities? Being that it’s National Obesity Awareness Week, we though we'd try and answer that question! Let’s start with the basics… Eating disorders

Realisation Over Resolution

Realisation Over Resolution January is filled with messages and pressures to ‘change’, it has us looking at aspects of our own life and body that we’ve never really thought about changing. We all adopt these ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ which are basically self-made rules and/or restrictions that

Mental Health at Christmas (and ways to boost it!)

Mental Health at Christmas (and ways to boost it!) For most people, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones, opening presents, eating lots of chocolate and taking a break from the stresses of normal day to day life. Nevertheless, with the expectation of having the

Creating Boundaries for Christmas

Creating Boundaries for Christmas Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year. My pumpkins hadn’t even started decomposing before my local supermarket was littered with tinsel, chocolate tins and fake trees and now we are nearly there it feels like it's been forever! Now, I’m

Making the Most of Christmas in Recovery

Making the Most of Christmas in Recovery For those of you who don’t follow us on Instagram, you might not have seen our alternative advent with a little quote or snippet each day to help keen you motivated this month. It’s been one of my favourite campaigns

An Eating Disorder At Christmas

An Eating Disorder At Christmas Having an eating disorder at Christmas can sometimes feel like being dragged through the entire festive season by the ghost of Christmas past. Looking through the window at warm, clinking family get-togethers, with fragments of stories and laughter bobbing from the

Sending Hope, Not Cards This Christmas

Sending Hope, Not Cards This Christmas Being organised is my ‘thing’, but Christmas cards have always been my downfall. For someone who loves a creative project, I’ve just never really been into Christmas cards (sorry Santa!) I recently heard that the average person can spend up

Christmas Card Competition

Christmas Card Competition We need your help! We are looking for someone to design the First Steps ED Christmas Card so that we have something to share with all of our friends and followers in time for Christmas! It's really easy to get involved, whether you

How Befriending Helps…

How Befriending Helps… Having an eating disorder can feel very isolating at times. You might be surrounded by friends and family who want to do what they can to support you, but still feel alone, misunderstood and unsupported. It can feel isolating, even lonely, when you

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