What's the problem?
Students are especially vulnerable to eating disorders. There can be gaps in treatment, either as a result of moving between home and halls, transitioning from Children and Young people’s mental health services to adult mental health services, or a combination of both. This was the case for 19-year-old Averil Hart, who, following numerous missed opportunities to save her life, died from anorexia just three months into her degree.
Averil’s case is not unique. With 69% of students with eating disorders reporting difficulty accessing support and treatment, it’s clear more must be done to ensure the prevention of further tragedies.
What you can do
We’re asking students to send a postcard to their Member of Parliament (MP) or Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP)* letting them know about this issue and what steps they must take. We’ve written the postcard, but we know that personalised messages have much more of an impact, so have left a space for you to share your own experiences if you feel comfortable to.
Simply complete the form opposite and we will send you a pre-paid postcard to complete and send off.
*Please note, at present this is only open to Campaigners in England and Scotland. If you are a student in Northern Ireland or Wales, you can adapt the letter here by sharing your own experiences or perhaps adding the following paragraph: Students are especially vulnerable to eating disorders, and they can fall through gaps between child and adult services, and between healthcare teams at home and university. As a student in your constituency who has been affected by this illness, I hope that you will help ensure every person with an eating disorder gets the care they need and deserve at the earliest opportunity.