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Priory has teamed up with Sky Sports to support Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 with a powerful film about battling mental health, addiction and eating disorders.

Dr Ed Burns, Consultant Psychiatrist at Priory Hospital Roehampton, was filmed in conversation with Sky Sports football pundit Paul Merson and Sky Sports reporter Abigail Davies, exploring their mental health journeys.

Airing on Soccer Saturday, 20th May, from 12pm, the conversation allowed Paul, a former England footballer and Abigail, a reporter on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday programme, to speak intimately about their struggles with mental health.

Paul, an ex-Priory patient, spoke openly about his mental health and addiction battles. He shared his story with Abigail, who has experienced anorexia and other mental health challenges.

Dr Burns said: “As Paul says in the film, anyone can suffer from a mental health crisis, so it is vital that everyone understands the signs of a problem, and knows where to seek help. For most people, the first point of call should be your GP, or emergency services if you are in crisis. The earlier you can start to recognise the problem and seek support the better.”

We hope their emotional stories of recovery helps others to feel empowered to each out for treatment for their mental health. You can find out how Priory can help you below.

Accessing treatment for mental health, addiction and eating disorders

If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in the film, or would like to speak to someone about support for similar issues, consider reaching out to Priory.

Priory is a leading provider of treatment in mental health and addictions. At each of our UK-wide network of hospitals and wellbeing centres, you’ll find industry-leading experts delivering effective treatments for a range of mental health disorders and substance and behavioural addictions. We also provide specialist residential treatment for eating disorders at our Life Works service in Woking.

Depending on your needs, treatment options include comprehensive inpatient support, as well as outpatient treatment options. As with everyone who receives treatment at Priory, our goal is to help you achieve long-term recovery and improve your quality of life.

Contacting Priory

Priory’s trained team of advisers are available to speak with you in confidence and provide guidance on your concerns and options for treatment. We understand that seeking treatment is a big step in your recovery journey and we are here to offer support and guidance the whole way.

We also offer a free confidential addiction assessment to individuals struggling with addiction. This assessment, carried out by a qualified specialist, allows us to explore your unique addiction and the impact it’s having on your life.

Contact us to talk through Priory’s treatment centres, services, costs, or any questions you might have. Your recovery can start today with one phone call to Priory. Get in touch using the information below.

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For details of how Priory can provide you with assistance regarding mental health and wellbeing, please call 0330 056 6020  or submit an online enquiry form here. 

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