"My Time at Denbridge"
About: South London And Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust / Eating disorders South London And Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Eating disorders SE5 8AZ
Posted by Nessa (as ),
I have suffered with an eating disorder for over 20 years and after being at The Bethlem inpatient unit for two years at my very worst, I went to Denbridge House. I was there for nearly two years and it was the longest amount of time that I have stayed out of hospital. It was a struggle but the staff were there for me 24/7 and always free to talk and support me when I was having a hard time.
Even though I wasn't ready for recovery at that point, I am now out of hospital and managing to cope on the outside and I know that I wouldn't be where I am today without the help and experiences that I encountered at Denbridge House.
I am really sad and quite appalled that they are closing Denbridge House, places like that give hope to thousands of people both sufferers and carers alike and the government should be opening more places not closing the ones that are already there.
Please reconsider and think of how many people's lives are saved by such places. Eating Disoders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and we need to do more to ensure we save lives.