We have also run a national conference at Wadham College in Oxford which was, by all accounts, a fantastic success. We must thank Hannah Tickle for co-ordinating this and also thank all of our wonderful speakers for giving up their weekend to help our project. We heard talks from Professor Janet Treasure, Gill Todd, Dr Ciarain Newell, Amy Harrison, Peter Musiat, Caroline Lovejoy, Veronica Kamerling and Sara Fernadez. Funding depending, we will be running a similar event this time next year!
As well as the groups we are supporting SRSH is working to expand our campaigining capacity. We are running talks through this term at Oxford University to discuss controversial issues regarding mental health, (More Info). Dr Tine Van Bortel came up to Oxford to talk about the ASPEN and IDIOGO projects, as depression starts to become the biggest health problem the world faces, the Institute of Psychiatry are keen to understand the relationship between depression and stigma. For more information on this project, please visit, www.mdac.info/aspen. We have also taken part in a talk about the relationship between gender and Eating Disorders, (More Info).
The SRSH project directors are further starting to speak more widely about the experience of living with an eating disorder and the process of recovery.
The SRSH project itself is taking on more volunteers to help support the national project. If you are interested in getting involved, please see the "Volunteer" tab. We now have a committee meeting every two weeks in Oxford (see the calendar on the home page for details of these meetings) and are working on expanding our publicity and research work.
SRSH are also starting to think about long term fundraising to help maintain all the work we strive to do. If you think you can help out with this work, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).