STEVE MICHELLE WEIGHT LOSS BATTLE

TOWARDS A BETTER LIFE

YOU'RE NOT ALONE EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society - from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others... You're Not Alone.If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support: CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858 Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393 Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41 Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123

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Overeaters Anonymous A twelve step programme for those who wish to stop eating compulsively. Offers Acceptance, Understanding, Communication, relief and power. Tel 07000 784985 Main contact Number which refers you on to individual regional carers. UK web site www.oagb.org.uk Worldwide support www.oa.org Obsessive Eaters Anonymous We are people who are recovering from an obsession with weight size or eating. We use the Twelve Step programme of recovery begun by Alcoholics Anonymous. http://www.obsessiveeatersanonymous.org/ OCD Action The national charity for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the related disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder http://www.ocdaction.org.uk Samaritans Talk to someone in confidence, whatever your situation. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. We're always here to listen. Call us. In the UK dial 08457 90 90 90, for the cost of a local call. In the Republic of Ireland dial 1850 60 90 90, for the cost of a local call. www.samaritans.org.uk email jo@samaritans.org Saneline Saneline is a national mental health helpline, it provides accurate and up to date information to give callers options for action and encourage them to benefit from the network of care in their area. It also offers emotional and crisis support to people with mental health problems, their families, friends and information to professionals working in the mental health field. Helpline 0845 767 8000 (open daily Noon – 2am low call number) Mainline 020 7375 1002 Email info@sane.org.uk Website www.sane.org.uk SupportLine They provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. Helpline: 01708 765200 (hours vary so ring for details) info@supportline.org.uk www.supportline.org.uk Weight Loss Surgery Forum site offering the chance to exchange experiences of surgery. 0151-222-4737 modlist@wlsinfo.org.uk http://www.wlsinfoforums.org.uk

WERE TO GET HELP

Where to get some help Below you will find just some of the places to go and get help and support. For links to surgical related sites go to our 'surgery' pages We hope to hear from any organisation or support group who feels there services should be listed. Backcare A national charity helping people manage and prevent back pain by providing information, promoting self help & funding research. A range of leaflets available. Backcare(registered as the National Back Pain Association) 16 Elmtree Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 8ST Tel 020 8977 5474 Fax 020 8943 5318 email info@backcare.org.uk www.backcare.org.uk British Obesity Surgery Patients Association www.bospa.org Offers information on surgical procedures and post operative support. British Heart Foundation A confidential information line on all issues related to heart disease Heart Information Line Tel 08450 708090 ( Mon – Fri 9am –5pm local rate call) Email internet@bhf.org.uk Website www.bhf.org.uk Bullying Online Offers a wide variety of advice to parents and children suffering from bullying. Email :help@bullying.co.uk Website www.bullying.co.uk Caraline Confidential helpline offering counselling and support services to people suffering from a wide variety of eating disorders including bulimia and compulsive overeating. Helpline 01582 457474 (open Mon- Fri 10am-3pm) email caralineed@aol.com Web Site: www.caraline.com Also offer a separate helpline giving information and advice for carers of people suffering from eating disorders. Carers Helpline 01582 751783 (Mons only 7pm-9pm) ChildLine Childline is the free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call our helpline on 0800 1111 about any problem, at any time - day or night. ChildLine's counsellors are there to help you find ways to sort things out. ChildLine is confidential - which means we won't tell anyone about your call unless you want us to talk to somebody for you, or you are in danger. Our lines can be busy but please keep trying and you will get through. www.childline.org.uk Diabetes UK Aims to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to work towards a future without diabetes Diabetes UK Careline 0845 120 2960 Diabetes UK Customer Services 020 7424 1010 Textphone 020 7424 1031 Website : www.diabetes.org.uk Disabled Living Foundation We are the leading UK disability charity providing advice and information on equipment/AT for independent living. We provide completely impartial advice and information free to the public Website www.dlf.org.uk Helpline: 0845 130 9177. advice@dlf.org.uk Switchboard: 020 7289 6111. info@dlf.org.uk Eating Disorders Association For help with eating disorders including anorexia and bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder contact: Helpline 0845 634 1414 (open 8:30am to 8:30pm weekdays & 1:00 to 4:30 Saturday) Youthline 0845 634 7650 (Callers 18 & under - open 4:00pm to 6:30pm weekdays & 1:00 to 4:30 Sat) e-mail: info@edauk.com Web site: www.edauk.com NSPCC Free, 24-hour Child Protection Helpline that provides information, advice and counselling to anyone concerned about a child's safety. Main helpline number 0808 800 5000 Email: help@nspcc.org.uk Website www.nspcc.org.uk They also offer a guide to SAFE SURFING which we would recommend everyone to read http://www.nspcc.org.uk/homepage2/campaign/safe_surfing.htm. Overeaters Anonymous A twelve step programme for those who wish to stop eating compulsively. Offers Acceptance, Understanding, Communication, relief and power. Tel 07000 784985 Main contact Number which refers you on to individual regional carers. UK web site www.oagb.org.uk Worldwide support www.oa.org Obsessive Eaters Anonymous We are people who are recovering from an obsession with weight size or eating. We use the Twelve Step programme of recovery begun by Alcoholics Anonymous. http://www.obsessiveeatersanonymous.org/ OCD Action The national charity for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the related disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder http://www.ocdaction.org.uk Samaritans Talk to someone in confidence, whatever your situation. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. We're always here to listen. Call us. In the UK dial 08457 90 90 90, for the cost of a local call. In the Republic of Ireland dial 1850 60 90 90, for the cost of a local call. www.samaritans.org.uk email jo@samaritans.org Saneline Saneline is a national mental health helpline, it provides accurate and up to date information to give callers options for action and encourage them to benefit from the network of care in their area. It also offers emotional and crisis support to people with mental health problems, their families, friends and information to professionals working in the mental health field. Helpline 0845 767 8000 (open daily Noon – 2am low call number) Mainline 020 7375 1002 Email info@sane.org.uk Website www.sane.org.uk SupportLine They provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue. Helpline: 01708 765200 (hours vary so ring for details) info@supportline.org.uk www.supportline.org.uk Weight Loss Surgery Forum site offering the chance to exchange experiences of surgery. 0151-222-4737 modlist@wlsinfo.org.uk http://www.wlsinfoforums.org.

Obesity helplines

Use our helplines below for more advice and support about obesity NHS Choices - Obesity Obesity Weight-loss surgery Parents' advice for overweight children Comprehensive help and information from NHS Choices with links to external websites. Hoop Helpline: 0303 300 0314 hoopuk.org.uk HOOP UK aims to be the ‘go to’ organisation in the UK for support for those struggling with the issues surrounding weight management and obesity. We would love you to visit our Facebook page. We also have closed groups for members of HOOP who want to chat and support each other. The group offers genuine non judgemental support to children, families, young people and adults who are struggling with overweight and obesity in a safe and positive environment from people who care and understand. If you are yourself struggling with obesity, please request to join the group and you will be made very welcome. HOOP UK is a registered charity which operates as a membership organisation to represent the voice of the obese person. HOOP members form a mutual support group and provide a valuable link between those who struggle on a daily basis and the healthcare organisations that provide evidence based weight management services. HOOP members are experts by experience who deserve, and who now have, a voice. National Centre for Eating Disorders Helpline: 0845 838 2040 eating-disorders.org.uk Starving and scoffing kids Everything you need about eating disorders treatment, information and professional training in the help & treatment of eating disorders. Eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, obesity, orthorexia & failed dieting affect people in every walk of life. There are millions of men and women suffering from chaotic eating disorders, perhaps harbouring persistent weight problems and obsessed with food and weight who need help to beat their symptoms. National Obesity Forum nationalobesityforum.org.uk The National Obesity Forum is a charity which was formed in 2000, with the remit of raising awareness of obesity in the UK and promoting the ways in which it can be addressed. This includes public-facing initiatives and the training of clinicians and healthcare professionals on how to identify and address weight management issues and obesity. The National Obesity Forum campaign to raise public awareness of obesity and the ways it can be tackled through achievable and manageable lifestyle changes. MGEDT (Men Get Eating Disorders Too) mengetedstoo.co.uk Men Get Eating Disorders Too is an award winning national charity dedicated to representing and supporting the needs of men with eating disorders. Our website provides essential information that is specific to the unique needs of men and an online space for men to get their voices heard as well as offer peer support via our forum. We also campaign in the media and organise awareness raising events and training for professionals. Overeaters Anonymous Helpline: 07000 784 985 oagb.org.uk Overeaters Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating. Welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Weight Concern weightconcern.org.uk Children and families The charity is committed to developing and researching new treatments for obesity. It is also working to increase the availability of the successful treatments it has pioneered in the UK via self-help programmes, self-help support groups and family based childhood obesity treatment. Weight Wise bdaweightwise.com Information for teenagers and young adults An independent site, managed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), with unbiased, easy-to-follow hints and tips - based on the latest evidence - to help you manage your weight for good. It will help you take a look at your current eating habits and physical activity levels, and offer a practical approach to setting your own goals for lifestyle change. British Nutrition Foundation nutrition.org.uk Nutrition, health and schoolchildren Promotes the wellbeing of society through the impartial interpretation and effective dissemination of scientifically based knowledge and advice on the relationship between diet, physical activity and health. BOSPA bospa.org BOSPA (British Obesity Surgery Patients Association) provides support and information to the thousands of patients in the UK for whom obesity surgery can provide an enormous benefit.