If you have read this and are struggling with any kind of mental illness, then I encourage you to turn it into a force to be reckoned with

Elin's Story

II am Elin Ffion. I am 20 years old, Welsh, a psychology student, a university cyclist, and I am hungry.

I am one in four: One in four people will suffer from mental illness at some time in their life. I am part of the 50% of people with eating disorders who do not have anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. This number is further concentrated on any university campus. Universities are often vast and impersonal places- I am number, a statistic and a bum on a seat.

Writing this blog post has come at an apt time for me and serves as a catharsis for what I am going through. Three weeks ago, I was diagnosed with atypical anorexia nervosa, alongside depression. This diagnosis shocked me, as I thought I was alone- surely there isn’t even a name for the turmoil I’m in.