Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Hope & Recovery by Yasmin SaltBradley King
With Eating Disorder Awareness Week taking place between 25 February and 3 March, it’s a fantastic opportunity to highlight individual stories.
NAViGO service user Yasmin Salt took the time to speak to us about her decade-long battle with anorexia and bulimia, pulling no punches in describing how suffering with eating disorders affects her day-to-day life.
“I remember sitting in my school psychology lesson and the teacher announced that we were going to learn about anorexia,” says Yasmin in the Hope & Recovery film.
“I remember turning to my best friend and joking, ‘I could never have that, I love food too much!’
“Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.”
Yasmin was the first day patient at Rharian Fields – NAViGO’s CQC outstanding-rated specialist eating disorder unit.
Today, Rharian Fields has nine inpatient beds and offers community and day patient services for users from across the country.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise, NAViGO will continue to invest and support provision for the treatment of eating disorders.
“Over the years, the support I’ve had from NAViGO has been amazing,” continues Yasmin.
“Without it, I’m very clear that I wouldn’t be here now.”
Eating Disorders Awareness Week is organised by Beat – the UK’s eating disorder charity.
Beat is a champion of those affected, acknowledging that everyone should receive the help and support they require, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or background.