EDAW’s aftermath and MGEDT news

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2012 turned about to be amazing. I wanted to say thank you for some of the kind, empathic and, in some cases, revelatory responses to the series of daily mid-week posts I did. I was very glad that I made the last post more directly personal as this had an enormous impact on people.

Amongst other things I also talked to Radio Tees and to Asian Sunday Newspaper. I know Sam Thomas from Men Get Eating Disorders Too was extremely busy and this has been borne out in some recent news about the charity’s activities.

The following press release can be found on the MGEDT website but I’ve posted it here, too:

Press release


Mental health organisation www.mentalhealthy.co.uk and national charities SANE, The Mental Health Foundation, The centre for Mental Health and Emergence, have recognised the fantastic achievements Men Get Eating Disorders Too.

Created by Mental Healthy founder Charlotte Fantelli, the Mental Health Hero awards celebrate the incredible achievements of those heroes making a real difference in the lives of those with mental illness.

Categories include ‘Community Hero’,  ‘Professional Hero’, ‘Business Hero’ and ‘Creative Hero’ and the shortlist highlights some incredible local, national and even global organisations and individuals. Shortlisted nominees include local organisations and carers, heroes in the field of academia and research, and the list even recognises corporates like Virgin and Lloyds TSB, and celebrities such as Tulisa Constantavlos, Ruby Wax and Stephen Fry.

Judges of the awards include some big names in the world of mental health including Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Marjorie Wallace, CBE, founder and chief executive of SANE and Kath Lovell founder of Emergence.

The business awards, which recognise the achievements of businesses who champion mental health are judged by Andy Bell, Deputy CEO of The Centre for Mental Health and Mental Healthy’s very own co-founder and entrepreneur of the year Simon Dolan.

It was announced this week that Men Get Eating Disorders Too has been shortlisted for the Community Hero Organisation category.

 Charlotte Fantelli said: “The humbling work individuals and organisations are doing across the globe takes my breath away. Every single shortlisted candidate has done something extraordinary in an area that is not glitzy or glamorous and that takes great strength and human kindness, every one of them is a hero that deserves recognition.”

Sam Thomas, MGEDT Founder and Project Leader, said: “We’re exceptionally pleased that we have been shortlisted in the Mental Healthy Awards.  This nomination is a credit to hard work of the volunteers and Trustees.”

The award winners will be announced April 2nd 2012.

For information on the awards, visit: www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/mental-health-awards


It’s utterly brilliant just to have been nominated so this is wonderful news. Here’s hoping the rest of the year carries on like as every bit of good news for the charity feels like a step in the right direction in terms of advancing the campaign to raise awareness of men and EDs,