News and updates from today's Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating in the Perinatal Period conference.
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Learning from the lived experience of eating disorders in pregnancy
• my experience of living with an eating disorder during pregnancy
• reflections on factors that support recovery
• equipping women with experience of eating disorders to manage pregnancy
Ms Hope Virgo
Person with Lived Experience
Hope Virgo is an author and international multi award winning campaigner for people with eating disorders. Through her talks, Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) deal with the rising tide of mental health issues. Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms including BBC Newsnight, Good Morning Britain, Sky News, BBC Breakfast, the Lorraine Show and BBC News. She has published three books including best-seller Stand Tall Little Girl, documenting her eating disorder journey.
Bridging the gap through the involvement of partners, carers, family and friends
• early intervention and carers
• understanding the challenges from a partner perspective
• practical steps that can improve support
• the importance of collaborative care
Training and Development Manager Bodywhys - The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland
Harriet Parsons is a fully accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She holds an MSc. in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Psychotherapy / UCD, an MA in Addiction Studies from DBS, and a BA (psychology) from DBS. Harriet joined BODYWHYS: The Eating Disorders Association of Ireland in 2005, and has worked with the organisation ever since. Currently Harriet is the Training and Development Manager, working to provide the support component by Bodywhys to the HSE National Clinical Programme for Eating Disorders. In addition to this, Harriet gives frequent training to many professional groups, GPs, psychiatrists, youth workers, foster carers, social care workers and others. Harriet also regularly lectures at 3rd level on the subject of eating disorders in UCD, UCC, TCD School of Nursing and Midwifery. Harriet is also a regular media spokesperson on the subject of eating disorders for the organisation.