Local mental health charity Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has joined forces with SEED Eating Disorder Support Services to help individuals affected by eating disorders.
As of 1st April 2021, staff at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind are now answering the out of hour calls to SEED’s advice line – a line that was previously answered by co-founder Marg Oaten MBE from her living room over the last 21 years.
Marg co-founded SEED in 2000 following daughter Gemma Oaten’s battle with anorexia. Former Emmerdale actress Gemma is now the Manager of SEED, and works tirelessly to raise awareness of eating disorders and the impact they can have on individuals and families.
Since the pandemic began, SEED has seen a staggering increase in referrals for support by individuals, and families affected by eating disorders. And from January 2021, they have seen a 54% increase in referrals as well as an 1166% increase in out of area support. In relation to the advice line, there has been a 30% increase in calls with Marg alone spending 25.6hrs of time calling people back (up by 64%).
Founded in 1976, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is a local charity supporting over 5500 people every year with their mental health. Affiliated to the National Mind network, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has an ambitious vision for the future in which they will not give up until everybody experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.
Marg Oaten MBE, Co-Founder and Secretary of SEED said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. They have gone over and above expectations to make sure they are confident in advising and signposting in the right direction. It will be a pleasure to work with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in the future and work in partnership in other areas too. A huge thank you to the team!”
Emma Dallimore, Chief Executive at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind said:
“We are so excited to be partnering with SEED by supporting them with their advice line. Unfortunately we are seeing that eating disorders are rising, therefore by working together, we can ensure that more people are able to get the help they deserve at a time they need it most. We are thrilled to be able to support Marg and colleagues to help continue the great work that they have achieved over the last 21 years.”
If you would like information or advice, you can contact SEED’s advice line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 01482 718130 or fill in the contact form at https://seedeatingdisorders.org.uk/contact. Support can be offered to anyone across the country.
[Jack Moore – Hull and East Yorkshire Mind]