Exploring Eating Disorders
This week Signal are investigating eating disorders, including interviews with people who are affected, those who are treating them, and campaigners aiming to improve awareness and understanding.
FRIDAY: The MP for Stafford says he is working to improve awareness and understanding of eating disorders.
Jeremy Lefroy has been working with local campaigners, and says attitudes toward mental illnesses need to change, so sufferers can get the help they need.
Click below to hear Mr Lefroy speaking to Signal's Simon Humphreys...
THURSDAY: Beat is an organisation that supports people affected by eating disorders, their family members and friends, and campaigns on their behalf.
It runs telephone helplines, local support groups, and offers support through its website, message boards and online chat.
Around 80% of its work is carried out by volunteers who work on the helplines, run support groups, speak to the media, get involved in research, and carry out vital local fundraising.
Click below to hear from Rebecca Field from BEAT talking about their work with Signal's Simon Humphreys...
WEDNESDAY: Sarah Pustkowski from Stoke On Trent has been battling anorexia since she was 16.
Four years later, after having to put her education on hold to focus on recovery, she's now got a place at Newcastle under Lyme College to study Foundation Degree in Contemporary Arts.
Click below to hear Sarah talking to Stafford journalist Sarah Robertson, who she met during recovery...
TUESDAY: North Staffordshire clinical psychologist Doctor Claire Halsey has been speaking to Signal's Simon Humphreys about treatment for eating disorders.
Click below to hear from Doctor Claire Halsey...
Dr Claire Halsey
MONDAY: Journalist Sarah Robertson from Stafford has been speaking to Signal's Simon Humphreys about her battle with anorexia, and the work she has been doing to raise awareness of the illness.
Sarah has been shortlisted for a national Campaigning Award by leading UK eating disorder charity Beat for her work helping others affected by eating disorders.
Click below to hear Sarah talking about how the illness affected her...
Click below to hear Sarah talking about her recovery...
People with concerns can be refered to an Eating Disorder service by their GP
For more information and support please visit: http://www.b-eat.co.uk/
The Beat Adult Helpline is open to anyone over 18 who needs support and information relating to an eating disorder, including sufferers, carers and professionals: 0845 634 1414
If you are 25 or under, call the Beat Youthline: 0845 634 7650
The helplines are open from Monday to Thursday, 1:30pm to 4:30pm