Rubie Cousins developed an eating disorder at 16 and now, at the age of 30 celebrates a happy life with the help of counselling and supporting others with eating disorders and their recovery. 1. When did your eating disorder start? It started when my dad died from throat cancer. I guess that was the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak. I'm not saying that was the only reason why my eating disorder started but it was definitely a catalyst. I guess it was my way of controlling what was going on around me because everything else was out [...]
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I'd like to thank everyone who has donated and supported the charity, particularly over the last 12 months. Since we launched three years ago, our services have grown to provide accessible (1-7 days between referral and initial assessment) and affordable mental health support to everyone – individuals, couples, families, and community groups. This year, we have supported over 1500 clients, including children and young people, individuals, couples, and families - and delivered over 5,000 counselling sessions, including individual, couple, and family therapy, school assemblies, and psychoeducational support sessions. Our face-to-face and online therapy groups have delivered over 150 hours of support. Clients' feedback to [...]
Our first Men2 Podcast. Our men's mental health group, MEN2 has grown from strength to strength. Members meet weekly in a safe environment (currently online) to talk about their own personal mental health journey and the challenges they face. Member and advocate, Dan Moss has this to say about the group. 'We all know about the supposed stigma with regards to men's mental health, and with us having been through two lockdowns, I feel it's now more important than ever to talk about it.' 'With suicide at its highest rate in men for over 20 years, this is something that [...]
Stay active Movement is important... particularly since we can’t go out, apart from our one episode of exercise. Doing quick bursts of exercise throughout the day will help, try dancing when you are cleaning the house or while waiting for the kettle to boil! Routine, exercise, and going outside if you have a garden if not try one of the online exercise classes. Get dressed and ready for work. This may initially appear absolutely pointless, but we often associate feelings with what normal activity for example pyjamas equal relaxed and work clothes equate to being productive, and we can change [...]
Talking about my eating disorder publicly has really opened my eyes to how many people struggle with similar experiences. My eating disorder started when I went to University: the massive change, moving from a small country village to a large city, leaving my family behind. Suddenly everything was different and I desperately wanted to fit in. In the past I’d been bullied at school, I was terrified it might happen again. They say that an eating disorder develops more often in someone with a perfectionist nature and I believe this was the case for me. In the past, I’d always [...]
There are different types of eating disorders that are categorized by their symptoms and health affects. Anorexia Nervosa Symptoms include: Over evaluation of shape and weight and control Judging self-worth largely and even exclusively in terms of shape and weight and the ability to control Active maintenance of low body weight – less than 85% of that expected or a body mass index of 17.5 or below Inadequate food intake Fear of weight gain Obsession over weight and food Inability to understand the severity of the situation Bulimia Nervosa Symptoms include: Over evaluation of shape and weight Recurrent binge eating [...]
I have been in recovery for 5 years now. A series of events occurred in my life, which were out of my personal control. The death of my Father pushed me over the edge and triggered my need to control something. In my case, I coped by controlling the one thing I could, my weight and what I ate. At the age of 18, I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. For me, my eating disorder wasn’t about being slim and fitting into what today’s ‘ideal’ is, the notion that thin is beautiful. Instead it gave me a focus, a form [...]
In the UK, 400,000 people live with type 1 diabetes, meanwhile Canadian research suggests as many as 60% of female type 1 sufferers have experienced an eating disorder by age 25. You don’t get a day off when you’ve got diabetes. Every day is about blood sugar levels, needles and numbers. When you’ve got diabetes and an eating disorder, well, that’s a lot of numbers dictating your life, from calorie counting to watching the scales. Read more about diabulimia and Becky’s story here You can also watch the BBC Three Documentary Diabulimia: The World’s Most Dangerous Eating Disorder [...]
An interesting review from the Care Quality Commision (CQC) has highlighted that almost 40% of specialist child and adolescent services needed improvement. Therapy Partners & Rewrite Your Story are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, providing quality, confidential and accessible services. Young people are facing long waiting times and unequal access to mental health services, a review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said. The commissioner said this could be “putting young people’s lives at risk”. The review found nearly 40% of specialist child and adolescent services needed improvement. Alice Gibbs, who [...]
Therapy Partners and Rewrite Your Story are proud to announce that Wayne Goodwin, Therapy Partners’ Trainer, was invited to 10 Downing Street to collaborate on the newly released report, Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work. In Wayne’s own words; ‘In the recently published independent review of the impact on mental health in the workplace ‘Thriving at Work’ the cost to employers because of poor mental health is estimated as being [...]