It was an absolute privilege to chat with Author, Public Speaker & Multi Award Winning Campaigner; Hope Virgo, for Episode 29 of the podcast! Hope suffered with anorexia for over 4 years, before being admitted to a Mental Health Hospital in 2007. She lived in the hospital for a year, fighting one of the hardest battles of her life. She is now at the stage of 'ongoing recovery' and wants to use her experiences of mental health illness to champion the rights of others, inspire them to get well, and help break the stigma of mental illness.
Hope is also the Author of 'Stand Tall Little Girl' and the person behind the 'Dump The Scales' campaign. A petition calling on the government to enforce guidance for eating disorder treatment. It is looking to ensure that nobody is turned away from treatment for eating disorders purely because of their weight.
On the Episode we talk about Hope's journey, the things that helped her through recovery, the budget cuts being faced by the NHS, how schools can best help children with eating disorders, how friends and family can be of greater support and lots more.
I learnt so much from Hope and really think this conversation could help a lot of people, so please, please give it a share, send me your thoughts and let me know if you have any more questions!
You can follow Hope on:
Twitter - https://twitter.com/HopeVirgo
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hopevirgo_
Facebook - http://facebook.com/Hopevirgoauthor
Website - http://www.hopevirgo.com
You can find out more about and sign the Dump The Scales campaign here: https://www.change.org/p/eating-disorders-are-not-just-about-weight-dumpthescales
Whilst we're linking to things, the reason Hope and I had this conversation is all down to the wonderful people at Trigger Publishing, so you can check them out here: http://www.triggerpublishing.com
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