Content Warning: Eating Disorders, Anxiety and Depression
Lou Irvine is a wellbeing facilitator with a radical and exciting approach. Coming from a background of stand-up comedy, Lou’s social enterprise Wellbeing Rebels is all about self-care that is human, realistic, and celebrates the resilience people already have. Lou talks frankly in this interview about her own experiences with an eating disorder, and the underlying factors that led to it, as well as what it was like to grow up as a queer teenager in the 90s.
I found this interview so interesting on many levels, especially when we discussed how it’s important not to project your own experiences and expectations onto other people. The body size that I feel comfortable in might be very different to someone else’s experience. Me telling someone else how they should feel about their size, whether positive or negative, can all feed into body shame. The only judge of your body, should be you!
If you’d like to take one of Lou’s workshops or find out more about Wellbeing Rebels, check out their website and socials:
Wellbeing Rebels Website: http://wellbeingrebels.com/
If your mental health is adversely affected by any of the issues raised during this project, please consider the following resources:
If you are in mental health crisis and need medical help fast, call 999 to contact emergency services, or go to your nearest A&E department.
If it is not a medical emergency, but you still need urgent help, call 111 for health advice or guidance on where to access appropriate health services. You can also make an appointment with your GP.
Offer a helpline for emotional and crisis support for anybody affected by mental ill health. They can talk with you confidentially, and without judgement. This is a free, 24 hour service.
Phone: 116 123
The UK’s leading charity for supporting anyone affected by eating disorders. They offer helplines, online support, and peer support groups.
Phone: 0808 801 0677
A source of free, reliable information on a range of health issues, by sharing people’s real-life experiences.
Mind provide a range of services relating to mental health, including information and support.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mind.org.uk
Harmless is a user-led organisation that provides a range of services around self-harm and suicide prevention. This includes support, information and training to people who self-harm, their families and friends, and professionals. They also offer alternative coping strategies.