"Recovering From Anorexia"

About: South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association Specialist services / Eating disorder service

(as a service user),

Early in 2017 I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa, My mum did everything to get me the help I needed. Having and appointment first with SYEDA (South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association) we were directed towards SEDS (Sheffield Eating Disorders Service). My doctor didn't think that I would be seen in the near future so didn't refer me earlier, pushing for the referral my mum was adamant that we should try and within a couple of days they scheduled a meeting for us.  

Assessing me they Suggested I try their outpatient service which I agreed to. Before meeting the other patients and fully attending the service I had a trial meal with a member of staff to see if I could handle what was required - going well I met everyone for snack the next day and started that Friday. Without SEDS I would not be where I am today in my recovery, I can whole heartedly say they saved my life.

The staff were so supportive and caring, running sessions on cooking, body image, selfcare, relationships, CBT I felt safe to talk about everything that troubled me. After 6 months of hard work and commitment to recovery I left SEDS being a healthy weight. Still needing more support: SEDS were brilliant in offering more therapy sessions which I had once a week to help make the transition to normal life a lot easier. 2 years on I am back at University, I have a job and have recently bought my first car. Recovery is something that I choose every day and If it weren't for the service I attended I don't think I would be living the life I am today.


Response from Engagement and Experience Facilitator, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Service user

Thank you so much for your really helpful comments about your experience of our service. The day service which was part of your treatment is our three day a week intensive treatment option and it is really encouraging to hear about your positive experience of it. We are currently reviewing service provision in the city and comments such as your help support proposals to continue day service as part of the service provision going forward.

Thank you again for taking the time to give feedback using Care opinion

Best Wishes

Amy Wicksteed, Joint Team Lead