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“A lot of the time with eating disorders, people see it as a phase that someone is going through. People need to understand and to take it as seriously, because there are things that you can do to help!”
Hope does talks in hospitals, schools and businesses and would love to share her story with you. She adapts her talks to the audience but her general structure is sharing her personal experience followed by a question and answer session.
I attended a speech at the University of Lincoln by Hope who explained her journey with anorexia and her recovery. I was amazed at her courage and took inspiration from both her speech and her book. She really captivated the audience with her story and really inspired me with her own recovery.
Thank you for your honesty and helping me to understand more than I did yesterday.
Hope's story is an inspiring one that provides encouragement and optimism for anyone with a mental health condition. Her tireless campaigning on mental health makes her one of the leading voices on this issue and she continues to speak with great authority and sense - having gone through set backs and recovery herself. I've had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing Hope myself. She's an utterly fantastic person with an enthusiastic, engaging character.
Hello, I'm sure you receive a lot of messages but hopefully you get to read this. I wanted to thank you. I read your book last night and couldn't put it down. A friend bought me your book and I'm so glad she did. I struggle to express my emotions as always try to put them aside and just act okay to please others. But reading your book I actually cried which I haven't been able to do in a long time. It opened up a lot for me and made me look at myself and life and think about my motivations which is exactly what I need to do. I just wanted again to say a huge Thank you. I too am passionate about raising awareness and ending this stigma associated with mental health illness. Thank you for everything your doing.
Hello Hope, I saw you featured on the news the other day and I would just like to say how much I admire your courage to be so open.
I just wanted to say how brilliant you were on the news. Honest, full of integrity, and helping these issues get a proper hearing because you're such an intelligent and sensitive messenger that needs to be listened to.
Seen you on good morning Britain. Just wanted say, you should be proud of yourself.
Hope, your story is so powerful and inspiring, you certainly are one strong lady. I find it really positive that you've been confident enough, not just in yourself but the fact that you've written a book about your experience and are willing to share this with everyone. There will be so many people reading your book that will be able to take something positive away from it and that is a great achievement.
Her story and presentation was genuinely the most touching and inspirational we have had at Barnsley College.
Hope made a really powerful impact.
I just wanted to say how inspirational your speech was today! As having suffered from an eating disorder myself and never felt like I can speak to anyone about it, it genuinely touched me.
You are doing an amazing job in sharing your story and fighting for mental health, thank you.
Thank you again.
Thank you so much Hope for coming to share with us your experiences and insight today at NSPCC. You are an inspiration and make a difficult conversation and topic more 'normal'. You are raw and gritty with the unabriged truth of the matter and this authenticity connects people to you and makes it ok for them to be the whole, wonderful them. You have changed lives today. Positively.
Thank you @HopeVirgo for sharing your incredible story. Such an inspirational start to the week!
It was really inspiration to hear Hope's story, it's shown me that Recovery is possible. Although I have come a long way tanks to the treatment at Cygnet Hospital Ealing, I can still wake up some days not feeling great. Today was one of those days but after hearing Hope speak about her recovery, it has made my day.
To get in touch with Hope email email@example.com or complete the contact form.
Please note: Hope is not allowed to provide any medical advice.
If you need immediate support and are situated in the United-Kingdom please contact www.b-eat.co.uk or www.shawmindfoundation.org.
For worldwide information please contact www.nationaleatingdisorders.org.Follow @HopeVirgo