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Cambrian News & S4C this week…

February 1, 2008

—Cambrian News–

Thursday 31st January 2008


Many thanks to Lib Dem MP Mark Williams for the article:

“Ceredigion could house first eating disorder centre”

(P.5 in this week’s Cambrian News).

Just to clarify… the Welsh Centre for Recovery Project has made a lottery application of £1 million – not five…

To put this into context, last year health commission wales spent over £3 million referring people to England for residential care.


I am meeting with Mark Williams later this month and also have an appointment with local Plaid AM Elin Jones on Friday 8th Feb.


Monday 4th Feb 2008, 3pm

A short program filmed about eating disorders (with GMF and Cyswllt Contact Ceredigion) will air – in Welsh but… wait for it… wait for it… with SUBTITLES! Hoorah!

Our trustee Rhodri Francis will be speaking; and the program also interviews a local person in recovery from anorexia nervosa.

Don’t miss it!

Progress Report, October 2007

January 28, 2008

Sefydliad Graham Menzies Graham Menzies Foundation

             Progress Report 2





business-card-imagejpg.jpgMission Statement


To provide best practice, treatment and support services for people who suffer from an eating disorder or associated illness.

To facilitate change, empowerment and social integration.


To treat every individual with respect and dignity; and to promote equality, diversity, hope and freedom. In doing so, to operate to the highest ethical, legal and professional standards.



Organisation aims


ü             Reduce the stigma and isolation experienced by our highly vulnerable client group

ü             Improve local and national policy regarding the treatment of eating disorders and associated illnesses within Wales.

ü            Provide highly individualised, affordable, top quality care for people who live in Wales (or in areas of the country where local services are patchy and under developed) and who suffer from an eating disorder or associated illness.

ü             Provide effective, integrated help and support for young people who suffer from an eating disorder in combination with other maladaptive coping mechanisms (e.g. self injury) or mental health illness.

ü             Facilitate sustained, community based help and support for the family and friends of the above sufferers


October 2007



This is our second progress report. Please feel free to contact Rowenna Menzies for further information or details.




toy moneyAnother busy month… We have applied for grants from the Welsh Language Board (for money towards bi-lingual stationary), the Allen Lane Foundation and to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to support our awareness raising campaign (including events at WAG during Eating Disorders Week next February). Bethan Jenkins (AM) is sponsoring us.

We have not heard back from any of the grant making bodies although the Welsh Language Board did post us an empty envelope!envelope
We are also progressing with a range of partnerships within the field. This is positive because although, individually; our team possesses the skill, passion and knowledge to make our project work, we lack the sustenance of a successful financial history. Making partnerships will add weight to our enterprise and will ensure that we develop relevant, effective services.

With this in mind we placed a partnership bid with Cyswllt (an established street agency) which will enable us to offer treatment for dual diagnosis clients (primarily; substance misuse + eating disorders). Working with Marty from Cyswllt was an absolute pleasure… although I still have to give a presentation to the trustees there (eeek!)


The mail strike was horrible – really stressful. It seems that banks are unable to scan/e-mail/fax information. In fact – Abbey would not even allow us to DRIVE to London and collect information. It is their policy that everything must be POSTED. The delay in mail meant sending some grant applications ‘special delivery’ to arrive on closing day, not my preferable cause of action!

Events & Activities

Cyswllt coordinated an S4C television program about eating disorders; and one of our trustees (Rhodri) was interviewed on the sea front in Aberystwyth. We also organised for a young woman in recovery from an eating disorder to be interviewed by them. (I will let you know when it’s on!)

 Two articles about us were published also in Golwg “Cynllun yn hwb i broblem anorecsia”, hydref 11 2007.

 We met with Caroline Fosse who is currently being trained by bEAT to facilitate a community based self-help group for people with eating disorders. The group will hopefully go active in esrly next year– we will keep you up dated!

 We now have a web address! The site is being planned but a holding page is up.

Visit for a quick peak!

 Interesting happenings

 Some events for those interested in eating disorders:

l      7th /8th November – “Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy”, University of Reading

l      20th December – “All Wales Special Interest Group” Bronglais Hospital, Brecon (free)

l      Friday 7th December – “Working together, Adolescent Eating Disorders” (free)



As always, thankyou for supporting us with this project. I hope November is a good month for you.


Warmest wishes

Rowenna Menzies

Sefydliad Graham Menzies Graham Menzies Foundation

Canolfan Adfer Lechyd Cymru Welsh Centre for Recovery



By mail: Preswylfa, Dolypandy, Capel Bangor, Aberystwyth SY23 3LY

By telephone: 01970 881052/07866547751

By e-mail:

Dual diagnosis (evidence and statistics)

January 23, 2008


It is commonly accepted that eating disorders often co-exist or co-present alongside mental illness or addiction. Associated problems include depression, anxiety disorder and suicidal behaviour.(1) In addition, sufferers are highly vulnerable to developing substance misuse problems or alcohol dependency(2). The national Eating Disorder Association actually identify self harming behaviour, drug addiction, alcohol abuse and tranquilliser addiction as being consequences of an eating disorder.
So how do we “take due account of ordinarily confounding issues including contemporary patterns of co-morbidity and co-occurrence of problems and disorders…” (3)

The Graham Menzies Foundation and Cyswllt Contact Ceredigion have compiled a proposal for a dual diagnosis pilot service in Ceredigion, with both local and national reach. If you are developing similar plans or placing funding bids in this area then the following evidence and reading may be of use. Please contact me if you need more information or support.


Some Statistics

The prevalence of non-lethal self-injury among ED patients is approximately 25%, regardless of the type of eating disorder or the treatment setting(4)

About 25% of self-harming individuals with ED (eating disorders) appear to meet the criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD). (4)

Co-morbid major depression or dysthymia has been reported in 50%–75% of patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.(3)

Estimates of the prevalence of bipolar disorder among patients with anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa are usually around 4%–6% but have been reported to be as high as 13%).(3)

The lifetime prevalence of obsessive-compulsive (OCD) among anorexia nervosa cases has been as high as 25%, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms have been found in a large majority of weight-restored patients with anorexia nervosa treated in tertiary care centres.(3)

OCD is also common among patients with bulimia nervosa.(3)

Co-morbid anxiety disorders, particularly social phobia, are common among patients with anorexia nervosa and patients with bulimia nervosa.(3)

Substance abuse has been found in as many as 30%–37% of patients with bulimia nervosa; among patients with anorexia nervosa, estimates of those with substance abuse have ranged from 12% to 18%, with this problem occurring primarily among those with the binge/purge subtype).(3)

Co-morbid personality disorders are frequently found among patients with eating disorders, with estimates ranging from 42% to 75%.(3)

Eating disordered patients with personality disorders are more likely than those without personality disorders to also have concurrent mood or substance abuse disorders.(3)
(1) KCL Anorexia Nervosa, The physical Consequences
(2) Eating disorders and psychiatry, Kings College London. By professor Janet Treasure and Dt Anna Crane, 2008.

(3) All Wales Eating Disorder Special Interest Group, report comissioned for Health Commission Wales.

(4) The Prevalence of SHB (self harming behaviour) Among Eating Disorders Patients

Eating Disorders and Self-Harm: A Chaotic Intersection Eating Disorders Review

Randy A. Sansone, MD is a Professor at Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH.
John L. Levitt, PhD is Clinical Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, Rolling Meadows, IL.
Lori A. Sansone, MD is in private practice with Alliance Physicians, Dayton, OH

Interested in this subject? Suggested further reading:

‘Self Harm and Eating Disorders’ (edited by John L. Levitt, Randy A. Sansone and Leigh Cohn).
This book explores the prevalent but largely uncharted relationship between self-injury behaviours and eating disorders symptoms. (available from Amazon).

And check out… a related construct; “multi-impulsive bulimia”, which also involves impulsive self harm behaviour (e.g. suicide attempts), in addition to other forms of impulsivity such as substance abuse and sexual promiscuity. Compared with BPD, considerably less is known about multi-impulsive bulimia in terms of etiology. It may be that this syndrome is actually made up of a subset of individuals with BPD. (4)