We are pleased that Dr Dominique Thompson, has agreed to join our headline speakers at our partnership conference, a national high profile campaigner committed to improving student health and wellbeing services nationally, Dominique is recognised for her achievements in campaigning for improved NHS funding for student Mental Health and raising awareness of UK student health needs.

She has written a large number of articles covering a number of topics that align closely our own unique Eating Disorders in Students Services (EDISS) were our alumni team of experts by experience have been supporting college and university students on campus.

Dominique’s work resonates strongly with First Steps ED in particular her passion for an integrative, holistic support offer to students with mental health issues and her desire to inform and educate professionals in both the NHS and Higher Education sector about the ongoing pressures that the younger generation face in today’s world.

Her recent TED Talk titled 'What I learnt from 78,000 GP consultations with university students', addresses many of the issues facing the majority of our own current service-users who we support whether in schools, colleges or at university.

The drive and ambition that Dominique has brought to the student mental health world remains a significant motivator for our EDISS team.

What can we do to improve the support that is available for student with eating disorders, in particular during the transitional period?

Through outcome measures delivered by EDISS, we have been able to identify a number of positive outcomes for students who have been given the holistic, flexible, consistent approach described by Dominique as being desirable for many University students and staff.

EDISS has been trailblazing support for students with mild-moderate eating disorders within the academic environment and like Dominique, First Steps ED continues to pioneer positive outcomes that echo the advice and guidance described as being required by Dominique.

We have discovered that, through encouraging resourcefulness and engaging in person-centred support, that academic achievements and engagement in community projects (as well as volunteering) is just one of the many beneficial outcomes engaging with a ‘whole organisation approach’.