We feel very privileged to have been involved in the set up and launch of this group, HEaDSUP, Highland Eating Disorder Support Group. The launch took place on Thursday 1st May, 2014 at the group’s superb venue, Smithton Free Church in Inverness. 16 people attended this inaugural meeting which featured a presentation by Dr Jane Morris, Consultant Psychiatrist at The Eden Unit, Aberdeen, and Lori Noble, volunteer facilitator at NEEDS(Scotland) on the topic of recovery. It was a very insightful presentation, with contributions from both the professional and the recovered sufferer.
The church generously provided the group with refreshments and also two rooms to use for smaller sharing groups. The evening was very successful, with several carers commenting on how delighted they were, that such a group had been launched. There were some who had travelled long distances just for the evening.
We must acknowledge all those involved in the set up and support of this group, especially Lee Cruickshank and her family, who tragically lost her 19 year old son to an eating disorder. She has taken the courageous step to go forward with this group, with the support of friends, family and professionals. Her strength in the face of such a huge loss is inspirational, and we wish everyone at HEaDSUP all the best with this much needed new venture.
At present, HEaDSUP is a self help group for carers, run and facilitated by volunteers. Any inquiries should be made via their Contact Page. The next meeting will be held from 7pm-9pm on Thursday 5th June 2014 at Smithton Free Church, Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7YU.