LENS: Lived Experiences Narratives and Scenarios of Eating Disorders

About the LENS project 

 

Who can take part 

 

If you are … 

·       Are aged 16-25 

 and 

·       Have experience of eating disorder(s) or experienced eating disorder behaviours, whether you have a diagnosis or not. (Find out more about eating disorders https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/get-information-and-support/about-eating-disorders/types/ ) 

 

We are keen to hear from young people with different experiences. You may relate to one or more of these:

 

·       Have you ever been worried about money, experienced poverty or been impacted by rising cost of living? 

  

·       Do you identify as culturally or ethnically diverse? 

  

·       Maybe you live or have lived in a rural area? 

  

·       Do you feel your gender isn’t represented in conversations about eating disorders? 

  

Sharing your experience will make a valuable contribution to shaping a better understanding of eating disorders and ways in which support for young people can be improved in the future.   

 

 

What the project involves 

 

We are organising two sessions and you can choose to take part in one or both of these: 

 

1.     One to one interview (in person or online) – working with two researchers who will support you to share your individual experience.  This will help us to capture the unique experiences of young people who are experiencing or have experienced eating disorders and learn about individual experiences of seeking help and access to support.  We also want to learn about any impact ethnicity, living rurally, resource insecurity or being LGBTQ+ may have on young people’s experiences.  

2.     Group workshop – working with other young people, researchers and Youth Advisors working on LENS to co-design ideas and recommendations for improving experiences of accessing care and support.  

 

Before taking part, we will invite you to complete a ‘Participation Passport’ to help us understand how your experiences relate to the project; how we can best support you to participate; and how you would like to share your experience. This can be completed online or by post, whichever you prefer. 

 

Contact 

 

If you have any questions about the project or would like to find out more about getting involved, please contact Fiona via email at f.stephens@gsa.ac.uk 

https://futurehealthandwellbeing.org/lens

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