The documentary which chronicles the lives of four women with anorexia, at various stages of illness, in two major eating-disorder treatment centres in London. Described by The Telegraph as "important and humane," the documentary explores the complex causes and circuitous course of the disorder; the impact on the individuals and their families; the challenges of treatment and rewards of recovery;and the assumptions, misconceptions and stigma that can shroud the disorder in society at large.
The screening will be followed by an hour-long, expert-led panel discussion on the themes of the documentary and the professional and personal experiences of the panellists. The floor will be opened to questions or reflections from the audience midway through this discussion. The panel will comprise carer and and service user representatives who have kindly and bravely agreed to share their stories of living with and through an eating disorder for the benefit of others. They will be joined by Dr. Michelle Evison, Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in Eating Disorders, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust; Dr. Jane Evans, Clinical Psychologist, Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) NHS Trust, who has worked in the settings featured in the documentary; and Ms. Tammy Oluyori, Counselling Psychologist, also from the GMMH Trust, who works in the Eating Disorder Service at Gaskell House. A producer of the documentary hopes to be attendance, too, but may have to cancel at short notice in the event of a call-out for filming.
The overarching aim of the event is to promote understanding and awareness of eating disorders. The event is suitable for any interested members of the public, the student population and healthcare professionals. Although general psychoeducation will feature in both the documentary and panel discussion, please note that this is not a training event and the nature of the event is more experiential than theoretical.