I have suffered with anorexia for over 4 years, before being admitted to a Mental Health Hospital in 2007. I lived in the hospital for a year, fighting one of the hardest battles of her life. Since being discharged, I have fought to stay well.
Now I want to use my experiences of mental health to champion the rights of others, inspire them to get well, and help break the stigma of mental illness. I have recently written my first book - Stand Tall Little Girl - which tells the story of my recovery. In my spare time I publicly speak about mental health at organisations, businesses, hospitals and schools.
"Recovery is possible! Take each step, each meal, each mouthful at a time"
- Hope Virgo
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Hope Virgo has written a book about living in the grip of anorexia since she was 13: ‘Whilst your anorexia seems like your best friend, she knows everything about you and is always there, she is also your worst enemy and not someone you want to know’.
For four years, Hope managed to keep her anorexia hidden, keeping dark secrets from friends and family. But then, on 17th November 2007, Hope’s world changed forever. She was admitted to a mental health hospital. Her heart nearly stopped and her skin was yellowing; she was barely recognisable. Forced to leave her family and friends, the hospital became her home. Over the next year, at her lowest ebb, Hope faced the biggest challenge of her life – somehow finding the courage to overcome her anorexia.
In Stand Tall Little Girl, Hope shares her harrowing, yet truly inspiring, journey. Through her letters and diary entries, Hope tells us how she fought from rock bottom to beat the friend that had controlled and nearly destroyed her life. The story of Hope’s recovery will inspire countless others.”