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Stacey P

Stacey P

Name: Stacey Patience
Age: 22
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Avoch, Scottish Highlands
Campaign: To provide more support for young people with eating disorders in the Highlands

I’m from Avoch, a fishing village in the Scottish Highlands. When I was 15, I started developing issues with food. In 2012, I was diagnosed with anorexia.

 

Coming from a smaller community, I feel there is a lack of support services and facilities available for young people with eating disorders in the region.

 

I have been hospitalised with anorexia on several occasions and have had to travel up to 170 miles from my home to receive specialist treatment. Although it was very hard to be so far from home, I personally believe the four months of intensive treatment I received helped save my life and allowed me to get on the road to recovery.

 

Even finding an eating disorders support group nearby can be a challenge and can make you feel like you’re the only person in the area going through this. With the nearest group located in Aberdeen, I travel over 100 miles to attend their monthly sessions there.

 

To help others with similar experiences, I have created a website with the help of Fixers, aimed at isolated youth in the Highlands who are suffering from an eating disorder but who may be finding it hard to get help.

 

I want young people who have issues with food in this area to know that they are not alone.  I found it hard to get support and help when I needed it, so I am sure there are a lot of other people out there who are struggling too.

 

Since launching my website, all the comments I have received have convinced me more strongly than ever that this issue needs to be addressed in the Highlands.

It feels great to speak out and know that I'm making a real difference. Lots of people have come forward to say that I have helped them not to feel so alone. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of Fixers.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:


Ainya Taylor

Jacqueline Fulton

Lauren Stranger

April 2014

My website has prompted some really inspiring feedback from people who are supportive of my campaign. You can read some of this feedback below.

 

Kathleen Murray:

'Just to wish you well with the website and all you are working towards. I am sure this will be a lifeline for many young people. I have no doubt your Bite Me campaign will make a real difference.  Well done for sharing your story.  You can be very proud of what you have achieved.' 

 

Ainé Taylor:

'This is a fantastic resource for people affected by eating disorders. Stacey's honesty helps to challenge the stigma of mental health. A fantastic step forward for Highland. Well done!'

 

March 2014

My story was shown on STV News, where I was interviewed about my experiences with anorexia and my Fixers campaign to highlight the need for more eating disorders support services in the Highlands. Click here to see the full story and broadcast.

 

February 2014

My story was featured in the Highland News, along with a video documenting my struggles with anorexia. You can click here to read the full article.

 

I also attended a showcase event for Highlands Fixers to talk about my future project. The comments I received from people were really encouraging. You can read some of this feedback below:

 

'Amazing! Keep going!'

 

'This is very much needed in order to provide the support that young people need!'

 

'Fantastic concept! It really provides a much needed resource.'

 

'This project is personal and strong.'

 

'Inspirational. This website will be a great tool.'


'Fantastic idea. I find it so hard to believe that a resource like this doesn't already exist.'

 

'This will encourage young people to get help if they think they have an eating disorder.'

 

'Fantastic resource! I look forward to seeing it.'

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