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“I see in my daily work how mental health research can reclaim lives”

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I’m a scientist at one of the world’s leading universities, working at the forefront of mental health research. However, what many people don’t know is that I have my own experience of mental illness.

I struggled with eating disorders for fifteen years and have been living with anxiety and depression for more than twenty years. I had my first in-patient treatment for anorexia at the age of 14. Before anorexia took my mind off things, I had already suffered from anxiety and severe depression.

While my classmates sat their A-levels, I fought for my life, heavily underweight. When I returned to real life outside the hospital bubble, I started to develop bulimia.

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