Group set up to combat eating disorders

A new counselling service opens at Vincent Street St Helens with counsellors Louise Hill and Janet Hampson pictured
A new counselling service opens at Vincent Street St Helens with counsellors Louise Hill and Janet Hampson pictured
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TWO experienced counsellors have formed a group designed to extend a helping hand to people in St Helens battling eating disorders.

Louise Hill and Janet Hampson set up to the St Helens Eating Disorders Self-Help Group in October.

They have already helped several people affected by anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating disorder but are keen to spread the word about the group’s mission.

Louise, who is a trained integrative counsellor, said: “Eating disorders should be treated like any other mental health issue and that what we want to provide.

“We offer a non-judgement, pro-recovery service, completely free of charge, for anyone who is affected by these issues.”

The group is believed to the first of its kind in St Helens and also offers support for carers, partners and parents.

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any other psychiatric illness, says co-founder Janet, who works as a counsellors and nutritionalist.

She added: “The effects of an eating disorder can be alarming and frightening and families often feel very alone and confused.”

n The meetings meet monthly on the first Monday of every month 6.30pm til 8pm and also on the first Wednesday of every month 10.30am til noon at Harmony, 14 Vincent Street, St Helens. The next meeting is on Monday, December 3.