World Mental Health Day brings mental health to the top of the agenda for once: let's make it last and make real changes to how we live so that we can build a mentally healthier society
Given that deceit is a central element of an eating disorder, it is no surprise that truthfulness and honesty are a crucial pillar of recovery. But honesty can be painful, and it can take a long time to rebuild that trust with the people you love.
There is a mental illness epidemic amongst the LGBT community. Nearly half of all men with eating disorders are gay. Something needs to be done, and for that to happen, we need to understand the reasons and expand the conversation.
I am a male who was diagnosed with anorexia at the age of 20. At first I was ashamed and embarrassed. But I now realise that I had nothing to be ashamed about. I want you to know that it is ok to feel pain, but you do not need to feel shame and guilt - it is ok to ask for help. If you fear you may have an eating disorder or think you know a guy who might, it's time to speak up and ge the help you need and deserve. I did. It was the hardest process I have ever experienced, but it was worth it.