A drop-in event taking place in Lincoln next month aims to spotlight the support available to those living with eating disorders across the county.
As part of eating disorder week, which takes place from 2 to 6 March, staff from the adult eating disorders team at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) have organised an event to help people to understand, identify and get support for eating disorders.
Attendees will hear from clinicians and people with experience about the different types of disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia, learning what the symptoms are and how those who are struggling can access support.
There’s no need to book, anyone who may have concerns about their own eating habits, or those of a loved one, can drop in.
Heather Killick, Team Coordinator for LPFT’s Eating Disorders Service, who has run similar events in the past, said: “People seem to be aware of eating disorders from the media but not the many varied types. Often people recognise the signs that someone is struggling with food, but not many are aware of the services available to help
“This drop-in event aims to create a safe and informative space for those who are interested in finding out more, whether they have a general interest, work in the sector, or are concerned about a loved one.
“We want to encourage people to make that first step in getting help, as this can often be the hardest part.
“Our team has a mix of specialist clinicians and also a number of clinicians who have lived experience and have now fully recovered. I want to stress that getting help doesn’t have to be prescriptive, sometimes all it can take is a chat and a helping hand to start shifting an unhealthy relationship with food.”
The event will offer the chance to find out more about local NHS services, and hear stories from those who have experienced an eating disorder and recovered.
The free-to-attend event takes place in the University of Lincoln’s Minerva building atrium, between 12pm and 2:30pm on Thursday 5 March.