Eating Disorders & Mental Health

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."

~George Eliot~

So some days, it may feel like we can't do this whole recovery thing.

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

I compiled a list a videos of what I hope, may help.
I have added videos that offer general advice on eating disorders and managing other mental health issues.

I found these two videos on "Why Recover?" - click here for part one

If you need some inspiration and hope for recovery, watch the following that you think may help.

But first, I ask you to watch this:

In recovery, is is so important that we allow ourselves to find a voice.

Finding a voice - Part One

The following videos are especially connected to eating disorder recovery and struggles.

Health Behavioural Model for Change:

A six week rota which hopes to identify a health behavioural model for change.

We have tried to use the model, and connect it directly to eating disorder recovery.
My hope for these videos, is to reach those who are new to recovery and understanding their disease, but to also connect to those, who may be stuck or fearful of moving forward.
I hope I can allow the viewers to see, that we can move forward, regardless of how dire things are, or if we have relapsed again, or if we have little if any insight into our disorder, as of yet.
Please believe me when I say, anyone can recover.

Managing difficult feelings:

How to face those food fears when you are trying to recover.

Managing Feelings when confronting your eating disorder.

Self Esteem - Part One and Part Two.

Recovery, spare time and distraction:

Recovery and spare time - Part One and Part Two.

Eating disorders and body issues:

Media, size and body image - Part One and Part Two

Getting help:

Getting help - where to find it!

The role of different therapists and different therapies - Part One and Part Two

Parents and teens with eating disorders (also discussed are those who are no longer teens but still live at home)

The Recovery Process:

Being told - "You won't recover!"

Alongside this I thought I would link to some videos surrounding eating disorders and other mental health issues...

EDNOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified)- 

Eating disorder encouragement:

I invite you to take a look around at the following:

A Nurse's Guide to Eating Disorders

Bradley University's information about Eating Disorders. Here they have a plethora of information on all forms of Eating Disorders. In a lot of ways the information is simplified and then provides links to research papers. This makes the resource suitable as a research resource academically and also as a place to start for those only beginning to understand the conditions and wade through the information.  The various factors contributing to an Eating Disorder are explored, as well as fact sheets on the conditions.
This resource was submitted to me via Peyton who is researching Eating Disorders, and shows a special interest in such research because a family member is suffering at present.

V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.

Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, Any One Of Us: Words From Prison,screenings of V-Day's documentary Until The Violence Stops, and the PBS documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You, Spotlight Teach-Ins and V-Men workshops, to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2010, over 5,400 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.

The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative self-talk or “Fat Talk.” If this little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic negative self-talk is — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Through my own experiences fighting Fat Talk, I’ve realized the power behind an anonymous act such as Operation Beautiful. When I post a note, I’m saying, “I CHOOSE to be positive!”

I began Operation Beautiful by leaving positive messages on the mirrors of public restrooms — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store. I scribble down whatever comes to mind — "You are beautiful!" or "You are amazing just the way you are!" My personal goal is to leave as many Operation Beautiful notes as I can. Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.

We offer a bookstore of over 300 hand-picked titles, hundreds of articles, a therapistdirectory, listings of national organizationsand treatment centers, and much more. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office directly. We'll do our best to get you the help you need!

Fiona is the author of Cardboard: A woman left for dead. She has an MA (Creative Writing) UTS and has worked as a writer-in-residence in various mental health settings. Her writing and reading groups assisting people to find their 'own' voice during the recovery process.

She also worked as a financial commentator for various fund managers and major newspapers. Her work focussing on making investment and economic concepts accessible to the general reader.

Today she combines motherhood with her work as a writer and an advocate for children with intellectual disabilities. Her essays on motherhood, disability and genetic-screening appear in peer-reviewed journals.

Since 1999, has been dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders.
If you or someone you care about is affected by an eating disorder, it is important to seek help! 
We are glad you are here and hope your visit to our site is beneficial. 
Admitting you have an eating, exercise, or body image problem that requires treatment is difficult. 
We understand that taking those first steps forward seeking help are filled with fear and anxiety...
but also HOPE! 
Finding and getting the right help is essential. 
There are a variety of treatment options available: individual therapy, group therapy, nutritional support, psychiatric care, outpatient, inpatient, residential, etc., and we can help you locate these resources. 

You are not alone, do not be afraid to take the first steps toward your recovery... 

Wonderful words of wisdom from Nina Savelle-Rocklin is a licensed psychotherapist.

Nina's personal experience with an eating disorder gives her a unique understanding of what it's like to struggle with this issue, and she knows that recovery is possible. Nina provides empathy and understanding, as well as professional and clinical expertise, in the treatment of eating disorders. If you or someone you love has an unhealthy, unhappy relationship with food, she can help. 

This amazing site, ran by Londoner Natasha Devon is full of information, entertainment, education and INSPIRATION.

Body Gossip has launched a beauty revolution...'We're collecting real people's stories about their real bodies. Because realistic beauty needs celebrating and supporting.'

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies...

Eating Disorder website

You Tube channel for WeRFreedomFighters

We are a group of young women from all over the world, with one mission; to reach those who suffer with eating disordered and offer them a place of support, care and

I Am That Girl on Facebook or I Am That Girl blog 

I am that girl is a socially conscious, empowerment company for the young “Passionistas” of the world. Founded by Alexis Jones, from the CBS show Survivor: Micronesia, i am that girl is on the forefront of social change, global awareness and female empowerment. The iatg team is made up of progressive, passionate women who positively represent and influence Generation Y. We are dedicated to inspiring the future female innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders of the world by instilling authentic confidence in women everywhere. That Girl stands strong in her beliefs and understands the power of contribution to positively impact our world.

Who is That Girl?

Today WE are “That Girl” and we want it all. We work hard, play hard and are unapologetic about looking good while doing both. We are a generation of women destined for great things, want our voices to be heart and our mark left deeply imprinted on history. We are a generation of PASSIONISTAS , women determined to pursue our passion at all costs, dedicated to contributing, not just consuming . Despite the obvious, we are committed to being the change our world needs, the heroines our world deserves and have the audacity to dream big enough to actually make it happen. Not allowing our confidence and our self worth to dance on the approval of others, we are women to be reckon with because time will tell of a 21st century revolution called BELLISM dedicated to redefining our narrow definition of beauty and reminding chicks that we’re on the same team… Join our mission, rock this world, be That Girl and go Bellistic!

Your Kick Ass Life on Facebook or Your Kick Ass Life website

Love who you are. Adore yourself and make no apologies for it. My dream is to help create a counter-culture of women who love themselves as they are, own their true beauty & pass it on to the next generation.I call it a Kick-Ass Life Revolution.

The Joy Project on Facebook or The Joy Project website

The Joy Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit, grassroots organization based on the philosophy of using real-world, workable solutions to end the epidemic of eating disorders. We work towards reducing the rate and severity of eating disorders by supporting and conducting research, education, and support programs. We aim to empower those affected by eating disorders to become active participants in their own recovery.

To Write Love On Her Arms on Facebook or TWLOHA website
Hope is Real. Help is Real. Your story is important.
You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you're part of a bigger story. You need to know that your life matters.
To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Post Secret on Facebook or Post Secret
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people
mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.

Actively Arielle: A Voice with a Commitment 

Wonderful words. Wonderful heart.
"I am a woman with a story, a voice, and a commitment..."

Overcoming Eating Disorders Project is a project in which during 2011, I will be in contact with people who have suffered with an Eating Disorder who are comfortable enough to show the public how far they have come in beating their disorder.

The whole point of this project is that everyone knows someone who has had an Eating Disorder, or worse is going through one at this moment. It affects millions of families around the world and the problem only seems to be getting worse and worse.

'Men Get Eating Disorders Too' is a charitable organisation that seeks to raise awareness of eating disorder in men so that men can seek support. Our website provides people with information and the chance to give and receive peer support.

We welcome the fashion industry’s engagement in the All Walks campaign. We have been delighted with the energy, enthusiasm and dedication that so many people have already given to this project. We know that fashion doesn’t directly cause eating disorders – they are much more complex than that. Through our dialogue with the fashion world, we want to make this point clearly. Young people are inspired by fashion and influenced by its ideals. By offering up these wonderful images of diverse beauty, we know that fashion’s influence beyond the catwalk can be seen as a positive force in young people’s lives.”

~Susan Ringwood, Chief Executive of Beat~

Beat is the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Beat is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association, and we continue to build on the strong foundations of the past 20 years of work.

Eating disorders are a serious mental illness affecting 1.6 million people in the UK. Beat provides helplines for adults and young people, online support and a UK-wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorder.

Beat's vision is simple: Eating Disorders will be Beaten.

I will be running a self-help group in the Manchester area.


"I have wanted to create a chat for well over a year, but it takes time to build the kind of following I wanted to be able to reach people. I feel now is the perfect time to create a Pro-Recovery chat to help give support, introduce people to others, and discuss positive recovery tools."

This is an inspirational and empowering blog and community that is here to support you smile, think, glow and dream. I believe that every person is inherently beautiful and worthy in their own right and Beautiful You is here to help you build positive body image, self esteem and belief in yourself. You will always find plenty of inspiration and self love here coupled with challenging thoughts and ideas to ignite your life passions.

Generation Mirror on Facebook and Generation Mirror website

Generation Mirror is an organization that wants to represent YOU. Please contact us if you have any ideas, suggestions or would like to get involved!
Generation Mirror is a nonprofit organization committed to spreading awareness of eating and associated disorders and reflecting ALL genders, ages, races and cultures affected by these disorders. We want to represent YOU!
Vision: Generations to come together and establish a society that celebrates the human mind, body and spirit in its healthiest and most self-assured form.

What is Healthy is the New Skinny?
This is not about a size. It’s about a movement.
Healthy is the New Skinny is about revolutionizing how we think about, talk about, live in and love our bodies. It’s about putting happiness and vibrant good health first and foremost. Generations of young women have assessed their own worth by how far they are from the ideal of unrealistic thinness. Healthy is the New Skinny believes in natural beauty, the kind that can’t be defined by a hip measurement, but is defined by fitness and fun.

Nourishing the Soul is a website and blog dedicated to helping individuals develop a healthier relationship with their bodies and with food. NTS does this by offering views and news related to disordered eating, body image issues, media literacy, recovery, and self-improvement.

Our Mission: To cultivate healthier minds, bodies, and spirits.