A space for you.

At Orri, we believe that recovery is possible. However, we know that it is often hard for individuals to hold onto this hope and believe that it is possible for themselves, too.

Here, we’ve created a collaborative space for individuals (and their families) to share their stories and experiences, providing a space to nurture hope in recovery.

If you have something to say about eating disorder recovery, here is your place to say it. Our moderators will read your submission and, if it follows our guidelines, we will publish it on our blog.

Pen at the ready? Read through our FAQ below and find the submission form further below.

Writing for our blog.

Can I submit a blog post?

Anyone who has been impacted by an eating disorder may submit a piece of writing. It may be that you yourself are recovered or recovering, or, you may have cared for a loved one who had an eating disorder. This is a space to tell your story.

What should I write about?

At Orri, we believe that holding onto hope and nurturing hope in eating disorder recovery is extremely important.

As such, we would encourage you to share thoughts and experiences that shine a positive light on recovery.

Is there anything else I should know?

This is your space, so write from the heart.

All submissions are monitored by our Social Impact Manager, Ellie, not our clinical team.

Is there anything I shouldn't write about?

We want to keep Orri’s website and blog as a safe refuge for those who are struggling. As such, we will not share any posts that include triggering content. Please avoid mentioning specific numbers around weight, diets, exercise or purging habits, or graphic descriptions.

Why would you not share my blog post?

We will not share your writing if it includes any of the triggering content mentioned above, or, if there is any clearly identifiable information about yourself or others.

What if I want to share an image?

Please email the image and the blog post to: askOrri@orri-uk.com

We ask that submissions don’t include photographs that may be triggering such as before/after pictures. All photographs will be reviewed by our team.

If you are struggling and in need of immediate support, please note that submissions are monitored on a weekly basis so we would recommend you reach out to our Admissions Manager, Ivana, to discuss treatment, or, reach out to our charity partner, Beat.

A note from Nikki, our Creative Arts Therapist.

“I often hear our clients say things like, ‘I’m really in my own head’, ‘I don’t really know how I’m feeling’ and ‘I’ve just got so many thoughts’. Finding a starting place to begin to unravel these can feel understandably overwhelming, yet there is something powerful in the physical act of ‘showing up’, pen in hand and getting some of those thoughts OUT of our heads and ONTO the page. We can begin to slowly untangle the web, to get enough distance from the thoughts that we can observe and bear witness to them in the hope that maybe, by the end of the page, we might have a clearer sense of how the answer the question, ‘how am I feeling?’.

 

As humans, we are beautifully imperfect, and we are walking-talking contradictions. When our clients are feeling particularly consumed by the voice of the eating disorder, other parts can quickly get lost. The part that may be considering recovery, or the part that may be feeling hopeful. Journaling has the potential to make space for these parts and hold them. It can physically hold them and be available for us on the days where we may needing to hear a message of hope or read an encouragement, whilst we can also ‘close the book’ on the more painful feelings that may be burdensome to carry around, and take comfort that they have been seen, that they are valid, that they matter.”

What therapy is and what therapy isn’t

Starting therapy for the first time can feel daunting. You may have many questions running through your mind, like: “how can I open up to a stranger?”, “what will the therapist think of me?”, “where do I even begin…?” Well, you can begin here.

Meet our Kitchen Associate: Danica

Danica is our latest addition to the 5-star rated Orri kitchen! She joined the kitchen team a couple of months ago as Kitchen Associate and talks more about her role. 

‘You came, you saw.’ – a poem, Guest Blogger

A poem written by a client’s experience at an eating disorder inpatient facility, expressing his feelings when his friends visited.

Recovery takes “a village”: the importance of community in eating disorder recovery

Orri is more than a treatment eating disorder centre – we are a recovery community, comprised of people who genuinely care.
Here, we explore how important it is to recover from an eating disorder as a collective, as shared by those who have been there.

Anorexia and Shame. It does not define me. – Guest Blogger

A Guest Blogger’s poem exploring her experience of shame, vulnerability and strength through sharing in her recovery from anorexia.

Orri’s Service Director talks ‘Bounce Theory’: a visual tool for bulimia and binge eating disorder

Max, Orri’s Service Director, talks us through Bounce Theory (Jones, 2005) – a helpful aid for those with bulimia and binge eating disorder to understand their illness and coping behaviours.

Meet the Dietetic Associate: Victoria

Victoria is new to Orri, joining our powerhouse Dietetics team as Dietetics Associate. She shares more about her role so far in this blog.

‘As daydreams deepen, demon devours’ – poem by our Guest Blogger

Our latest Guest Blogger expresses the fears and self doubt his experience of anorexia brought to his life, through his poetry.

Dr Paul Robinson discusses Orri’s eating disorder day treatment model

Orri’s Director of Research and Development, Dr Paul Robinson, explores the uniqueness of Orri’s intensive day treatment service for eating disorder, and offers his professional insight into the mental health and eating disorders field.

Black History Month at Orri

In Black History Month, we celebrate and recognise the contribution and achievements of people of African or Caribbean heritage, as well as reflect on the impact of racism and negative stereotypes. We asked our Orri team members what Black History Month means to them, and what changes they would like to see in the way we treat and understand eating disorders in the UK.

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