We have teamed up with First News, the award-winning children's national newspaper, and local charity First Steps Derbyshire to make sure young people feel able to talk openly about food, eating habits and body image.
Laurence Baldwin, one of our consultant nurses working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), has penned a special report for issue 453 of First News (on sale 20 - 26 February 2015) explaining what eating disorders are and how they affect young people. The report also features first-hand accounts from young adults who have used, or are using, our Eating Disorders Service or the services of First Steps.
The report has been published to coincide with the national Eating Disorders Awareness Week (23 February to 1 March 2015).
Laurence says: "Here in the UK, we are lucky to have lots of food to eat. We also understand the importance of eating healthy foods and getting exercise, and what a difference they make to how we feel.
"Getting the right balance between being ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ can be difficult, though, especially when there is so much information around and so much pressure to look good. Some young people find themselves worrying too much about food or the shape of their body, and end up with unhealthy eating habits and ways of thinking.
"If you ever feel down about your shape or weight, remember that who you are as a person is so much more important than how you look. Stop and think about all your achievements, skills and acts of kindness. And talk to people who care for you – they’ll soon tell you why you’re great!
"Eat healthily when you can, but if you’re having a treat – enjoy it!"
Read the article
View the full article, 'Healthy eating?', which appears in issue 453, on sale 20 - 26 February. Reproduced courtesy of First News.
Our work with First News
This is the sixth feature we have produced in collaboration with First News.
The first feature coincided with 2014 Mental Health Awareness Week and was about anxiety.
The second feature in September last year was about finding your feet at a new school.
The third feature promoted World Mental Health Day in October.
The fourth feature discussed the challenges of coping with Christmas.
The fifth feature focused on the importance of talking openly about mental health for Time To Talk Day.