Petition update

Will your Local MP get behind #DumpTheScales?

Hope Virgo
Streatham, ENG, United Kingdom

Jun 26, 2019 — 

I have just come from a lovely afternoon in parliament talking about #DumpTheScales and thinking with supporting MPs about how we can make sure the Government begin to see tackling eating disorder diagnosis as a serious issue. And an issue that needs to be tackled now, not in 5 / 10 years' time! 

This is where I need YOU! 

Below is a template letter and it would be awesome if you could copy and paste it, add your address at the bottom and send it to your local MP (contact details - https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ Please do feel free to personalise it with your own stories, experience and reasons you believe the Government should be supporting this campaign. If you have done this please do it again so we can make even more noise about this!

If we all do this (and I promise it won't take long) the Government will have to start acting on this NOW! 

Thank you for all your support! Together we can change this!

Dear [MP]

As your constituent, I am writing in support of the #DumpTheScales campaign led by author and mental health campaigner Hope Virgo, and I hope you are able to support the campaign too.

The aim of the campaign is to end the injustices that people with eating disorders face, so everyone can get support they need.

Currently sufferers of eating disorders are being turned away from treatment as a result of their BMI not being low enough. This is not acceptable.

Sufferers should be judged on their mental state, not their physical weight.

We are calling for the government to implement the NICE guidelines through GP and clinical training, to ensure that those suffering with Eating Disorders get the treatment they deserve, before it gets to crisis point.

There are over 1.6million people in the UK that have an Eating Disorder. This is not an issue that will go away, but with effective preventative strategies that stop people from getting to crisis point, we have the opportunity to save lives, and to save the NHS money.

There are numerous ways you can get involved

1)    Write to the Secretary of State and the Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention on this issue.
2)    Sign the petition at - https://www.change.org/p/eating-disorders-are-not-just-about-weight-dumpthescales
3)    Tweet in support of the #DumpTheScales Campaign, with a link to our petition. Exmaple tweet:  I’m supporting @HopeVirgo’s Campaign to #DumpTheScales. Anyone can have an eating disorder and it’s too simplisitic to turn people away from support based on their BMI – please do sign: https://www.change.org/p/eating-disorders-are-not-just-about-weight-dumpthescales
4)    Meet with Hope to discuss the issue in more detail.

You can contact Hope to meet with her, to ask for more information on the campaign, or for template press releases, by emailing her at hopevirgo@hotmail.com

I do hope you can get behind this vital campaign to ensure that sufferers get the help they need before they reach crisis point.

Yours sincerely,
[Constituent Name]
[Constituent Email]
[Constituent First Line Address]
[Constituent City]
[Constituent Postcode]


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