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This event is suitable for Ealing maintained schools and all other schools
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Event code SCH 21/293 
Event description Me and my best friend anorexia: supporting our young people with eating disorders and mental health 

During the pandemic we have seen a sharp increase in young people struggling with eating disorders with stats showing that one in every five women are struggling with food. In this session you will increase your understanding of eating disorders, hear a harrowing but inspiring story and leave feeling equipped to support your schools with their mental health.

This session will be delivered by Hope Virgo, an Author and a multi award winning international leading advocate for people with eating disorders. Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) to deal with the rising tide of mental health issues which affect one in four people and costs employers between £33 and £42 billion annually. She has been described by Richard Mitchell, CEO of Sherwood Forest Hospital, as "sharing a very powerful story with a huge impact". Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms including BBC Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, Good Morning Britain, Sky News and BBC News.  

For four years, Hope managed to keep it hidden, keeping dark secrets from friends and family. But then, on 17th November 2007, Hope's world changed forever. She was admitted to a mental health hospital. Her skin was yellowing, her heart was failing. She was barely recognizable. Forced to leave her family and friends, the hospital became her home. Over the next year, at her lowest ebb, Hope faced the biggest challenge of her life. She had to find the courage to beat her anorexia. 

Through Hope's personal story, schools will deepen their knowledge and understanding of: eating disorders and the triggers; discover how the internet and social media is fuelling eating disorders; and learn how schools can help prevent and protect young people from developing eating disorders.

This 30-minute presentation is free for Ealing buy back and Harrow schools. All other schools pay £30. This presentation preludes the Digital resilience in the era of COVID conference which commences directly after Hope's presentation. School can sign up to the conference via EventBrite:

(After schools register for this event, they will receive a Microsoft Teams link to attend this session on the 18th January.) 
Training objectives

  • Hear an inspiring story from an author ad multi award winning international leading advocate

  • Gain an undertsanding of eating disorders and their triggers

  • Learn how to protect and prevent young peple from developing eating disorders

  • Leave feeling equipped to support your pupils with their mental health

Target Group
  • PSHE co-ordinators
  • Mental health leads
  • Senior leaders
  • IT leads
Key stages
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Subject areas Child protection/safeguarding including e-safety, Healthy Schools, Mental Health & Wellbeing, PSHE including Relationship & Sex Education (RSE), Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)
Target audience Aspiring deputy headteachers, Aspiring senior leaders, Children and Families department staff, Deputy/assistant headteachers , Key stage 1 coordinators, Key stage 1 teachers, Key stage 2 coordinators, Key stage 2 teachers , Key stage 3 coordinators, Key stage 3 teachers, Key stage 4 coordinators , Key stage 4 teachers, Mental Health Lead, Parent support advisor (PSA), School nurse, SEAL/PHSE coordinators, SENCOs, Senior leaders, Senior teachers
OFSTED areas Behaviour and attitudes, Personal development, Safeguarding
Professional Standards
Venue via Microsoft Teams (online), ., . map
Admin contact Mohid Hasham (
Event Commissioner Nicole McGregor (
Course Costs See event description
Start date Tuesday 19 January 2021
Times 13:00 - 13:30
Number of sessions 1  
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