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Real Life Stories Wanted To Help Develop Eating Disorder Website

A new website dedicated to helping those with eating disorders is appealing to those affected with the condition to tell their story.

The site is being developed by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. They believe by including real life examples from those in Cumbria who have experience of the disorder either as someone with the condition, someone who has recovered or is recovering or as a carer; the site will both help and inspire those who need help and advice.

It’s hoped that the website will become a vital resource for those struggling with all aspects of their disorder.

Liz Bolt consultant psychologist said “People often feel very alone struggling with an eating disorder.  We want people in Cumbria to know they are not alone, and to be able to find out easily from other Cumbrians what helped them, and to be reassured that others have got through this.  People tend to hide eating disorders from others.  We want to make sure that even if people aren’t ready to talk about their problems they can find what they need easily in Cumbria.  The web site will also include information about what help is available both in Cumbria and further afield.  We want to make it as helpful as possible so would be really grateful to hear from anyone who would like to contribute in any way. “

If you have anything you think might help others Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust would love to hear from you. Stories, poetry or experiences can be recorded in written, audio or video format for the site. Stories can be anonymous if desired.  Also if you would like to be involved in the design and content of the website, you are also welcome to get in touch. 

Liz added: “Whether you have a lot to say, or a little, it might make a big difference to someone else struggling with these frightening conditions.”

If you would like more information, or think you can help please contact: Hannah Reuben (assistant psychologist) on 01229 407777, or via email on Hannah.reuben@cumbria.nhs.uk    

Or Liz Bolt Deputy Head of Psychological Practise and Consultant Psychologist on liz.bolt@cumbria.nhs.uk