In support of Eating Disorders Awareness Week – 27 February to 5 March - BU is working in close partnership with Students' Union Bournemouth University (SUBU) and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, to host a series of informative events.
The events will include a comedy gig, lectures from professionals, as well as discussions led by people with personal experience of having, and recovering, from an eating disorder.
Events need to be booked through Eventbrite and are open to staff, students and the wider community. For full information and to book onto any of the events, please see the details below.
Monday 27 February
Transforming eating disorder services; Dr Ciarán Newell, Dorset HealthCare
11am – noon, Student Hall, Talbot House, Talbot Campus
Dr Newell will outline the steps taken in Dorset to transform the eating disorders service to enable earlier access to specialist treatment and to enhance the skills within the community in identifying and helping those with an eating disorder.
Tuesday 28 February
Eating disorders and medication; Dr Carla Figueiredo, Consultant Psychiatrist, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
1pm – 2pm, BG14 Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth House
Dr Figureido will cover the topic of medication and its use in the care and treatment of those with an eating disorder.
Eating disorders: early intervention and prevention work in schools; Jess Griffiths, Eating Disorder Practitioner
2pm – 3pm, BG14 Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus
Jess works locally with primary and secondary schools delivering eating disorders training for teachers and support staff. Jess will talk about the pilot projects she is delivering and the impact on pastoral support in schools.
Wednesday 1 March
The role of emotions in eating disorders; Dr Laura Renshaw-Vuillier, Lecturer Department of Psychology
10am – 11am, Allsebrook Lecture Theatre
Although issues with body image are part of the problem, it falls short of explaining what an eating disorder really is about. Many factors play a role, from biology to family circumstances, and this talk will explore the particular role of emotions in eating disorders with an emphasis on bulimia nervosa.
Poorly controlled diabetes or eating disorder; Micki Bennett, Eating Disorders Community Services Manager, Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust
Noon – 1pm, BG11, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus
Micki will speak on on Diabetes, looking at the high mortality rate in 16-25 year olds with diabetes and the possible need for specialist knowledge amongst those with the responsibility of treating this age group with this diagnosis.
My Journey; Lucy Evans, BSc Mental Health student
2pm – 3pm, BG11, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus
Lucy will talk about her old life with my eating disorder, the steps she took towards recovery and her new life in recovery. She will also speak about how her experiences with her own mental health impacted on her practice as a mental health nurse and everyday life.
Normally Abnormal (Comedy Gig); Dave Chawner, Comedian
9pm – 10pm, The Old Fire Station, Lansdowne Campus
Award-winning comic Dave Chawner explores eating disorders, mental health and identity in his new show Normally Abnormal.
All events will be held at the Talbot and Lansdowne Campuses and are open to BU students, staff and the wider community. We hope the range of events will raise students, staff and the public awareness of eating disorders.
You can also check out BU’s videos on eating disorders on the BU You Tube channel. The videos are a collection of short films featuring people in Dorset talking about their own lived experience of eating disorders:
There is also a link to the awareness, recovery and hope in eating disorders survey which aims to look at people's experience to establish whether watching any of these videos has started to change or reinforce existing attitudes towards eating disorders.