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The art of helping others

Yes, art is the word, rather than act, the art is to put yourself in their shoes, but if you have yourself experienced what the person has, then you can be of great help, talking about your own experience, and showing them there is an afterwards. Most often we feel very intensive hurt, pain, trauma, at the time of the experience, and our brains are fogged by the experience. This can be very incapacitating.

I work at the university I graduated from in the administration office but essentially to help some students experiencing eating disorders, and we have regular one-on-one, face-to-face meetings in which I encourage them to talk to me about their week, their feelings about the week, their thoughts about the programme they are on, and whether it is continuing to empower them to confront their situation.

I have several students I see, and we keep the appointments to the day, same day, and time each week in a constructive way, and they seem to benefit from this immensely. I know their programmes have a defined duration, and they have a structure to the application, so I am contributing to the situation. I have young men in my group as well as young women, eating disorders are affecting men increasingly these days, where it was originally thought to be predominantly women affected.

The additional programme the university offers is costed out of their pastoral care budget.

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