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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.
“Eating disorder awareness raising needs a skilled and delicate touch. Conveying the devastating impact of these illnesses whilst not triggering or leaving the audience feel helpless is key and Hope Virgo is able to do this with passion and aplomb. I don’t think it’s any coincidence she’s called ‘Hope’ - that’s the feeling you take away from her presentations.”
We had the pleasure and privilege to have Hope Virgo share her honest and open account of her battle with anorexia with our Citi employees in London. Hope was both engaging and passionate as she talked us through her very personal and inspirational journey which provided so many helpful tips on spotting the early signs of anorexia and supporting colleagues. Hope's talk was informative, thought provoking and encouraged so many questions from those that attended. Since Hope's talk we have received fantastic feedback from our employees who found the experience both enlightening and rewarding. I have attended at least 3 presentations delivered by Hope and even though I know what's coming, I still get a lump in my throat as Hope describes the events that have affected and influenced her life. If you want to raise awareness for your employees, I can whole heartedly recommend Hope to you and your business, I can gurantee you will not be disappointed.
Hope carried out a 40 minute talk on our construction site to a room of around 40 men. Prior to the talk we discussed the possibility that some of the men might not take the talk seriously. This notion was completely blown away as soon as she started speaking. Her story is captivating and relatable and is delivered in such a way that everybody listened. It was heartening that after she spoke a queue formed as men waited to talk to Hope about their experiences with mental health issues. Since the talk it is noticeable that there is a more open attitude to talking about mental health on this site. I will certainly book her again for my next site and would advise any contractor who is serious about breaking the mental health taboo to do the same.
Hope came in this morning to deliver a talk about her life and personal experiences of mental health and eating disorders as part of our Suicide Prevention Day initiative. To say I was bowled over is an understatement. She spoke with raw truth that is rare and was so open about her life and experiences. She spoke with such clarity and confidence and was so engaging the whole staff were completely immersed for the enitre hour. I honestly couldn't recommend her enough. Her talk touched each and every person in the office in some way and the feedback I received almost immediately was overwhelming. Thank you so much Hope, your story and progress is a true inspiration.
You would be hard pressed to find a more passionate, authentic and inspirational speaker, coach or facilitator than Hope. She speaks with authentic authority and absolute connection with the audience. Her vulnerability and courage break down barriers and give people the motivation and inspiration to speak out, to be heard and most crucially, to be themselves. Perfectly imperfect. As are we all.
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!
Hope is an inspirational public speaker. Her insight and knowledge are so useful for us all to hear.
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.
Eating disorder awareness raising needs a skilled and delicate touch. Conveying the devastating impact of these illnesses whilst not triggering or leaving the audience feel helpless is key and Hope Virgo is able to do this with passion and aplomb. I don’t think it’s any coincidence she’s called ‘Hope’ - that’s the feeling you take away from her presentations.
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