THIS IS NOT A DRILL… Mental Health Bites (MHB) is back! No, really, I’m back….but where do I even start?
At the very end of February 2020, I published a post right here proclaiming my return, just a few days before I became aware that the virus (COVID-19) spreading across China and Italy might be something I needed to pay attention to. By the time I had written just a few posts the UK was plunged into a lockdown and I was met with a deep feeling of it being the wrong time – the world was (is) in crisis, my personal and working life changed overnight, I didn’t have the brain space to focus on writing about Eating Disorders and so I assumed others were unlikely to be in the brain space to read such content. I did try a few times to write but eventually I took the website down. Little did I know that the burgeoning pandemic would result is another epidemic; a HUGE increase in those seeking help for Eating Disorders. So, my being here and spreading Eating Disorder awareness now seems even more important than it ever has been before.
So, can we try this again? Perhaps starting with a bit of a pre-pandemic back story for those who don’t know much about this site yet, or had been wondering since 2018 where I had gone!
Mental Health Bites was once home to an array of posts specifically on the topic of Eating Disorders. That was until December 2018 when I took the website offline with the intention of revamping and updating the design. The blog had gained more attention than I had expected it to, (as was shown by my being a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2018) and accordingly I felt it was time that I upped my game and made the website even better.
At the time I took the website down, I was expecting to take 3 weeks off from work for a minor medical procedure and I thought that sitting at my laptop working on the redesign would be a welcome distraction. Little did I know that the result of the minor medical procedure’s findings were that I needed a much larger surgery and 3 weeks became 12 months.
When I eventually returned to work in December 2019, I was devastated to find that, during my absence, my website hosting package (the interface that allows me to bring this website to you) had not auto-renewed – which basically means that I lost everything! I do have personal backups of many of the old posts, but alas not of the actual website. So, after much deliberation I have decided that there isn’t much point in spending hours reposting the old content because much of it will now be out of date.
What this means is that I now have this shiny new and totally empty blog site – and I am basically starting again. I have also removed the smattering of early-mid 2020 posts which were mostly musings on if anyone was REALLY reading in amidst the strain of the pandemic.
So, going forward, what I want to bring you via this site is the latest mental health and Eating Disorder news and information, awareness raising posts, and answering readers common questions as well as posts sharing details on the Eating Disorder projects I am involved with and events that I am running. I am planning to post around twice a week but in these first couple of week you might find I post a little more often just to get started. I also have some exciting projects up my sleeve (well, I think they are exciting, anyway!) and I want to expand the content that I share here (that’s a hint). I’d like to thank from the bottom of my heart everyone reading this who has supported me in the past, and welcome anyone who is new!
Starting back at ZERO means that it is going to take me some time to get the site fully populated and Google will no longer know that I exist. Therefore, I would be immensely grateful if you could ‘like’, comment on, and share my posts. The more people engage with posts the more the internet recognises my posts exist. You can also click the subscribe button (either on the right or bottom of the page depending on what device you are on) to receive email alerts for either ALL of the posts as soon as they are posted, or a monthly round-up if you prefer.
For now, all of this is a work in progress and so I’d love to hear any feedback, any issues, blog topic requests or other ideas. You can send these to me at email@example.com. I really do love to hear from you, so please don’t be shy.