The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of eating disorders. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.

My experience of stigma as a mental health professional

July 20, 2012

Being a mental healthcare professional with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is not easy. In my experience, there are two camps in terms of whether I "should be able" to work in this profession. The first is that I "should be allowed" because I have a unique insight. The second is that "I shouldn't be allowed" because I'm "not stable enough".

Dear Mam...

March 17, 2012

Dear Mam,

There are not enough words to say how much I want to thank you for not giving up on me. Without you I wouldn’t have recovered from anorexia and instead your last memories of me would be tainted by that horrible illness which turned me into an evil, lying monster.