October 10 is World Mental Health Day, and while many familiar faces are opening up about their private struggles, there was one story that emerged that touched us specifically. Amid the brave voices was Below Deck's Emily Warburton-Adams. The British third stew shared her very private and previously unknown past battles with severe anorexia and depression.
Emily took to Instagram to give followers a real and raw look at startling shots of her body as she sought recovery for her disorder. The troubling images are in stark contrast to her current state.
"2 years after my first Mental Health Campaign I’m sharing a recovery image, something that I’ve not had the courage to do previously," she explained in her caption.
"I’m doing so to share a message of hope, belief and strength, from a girl who once had none," she continued. "For a little context, when the top image was taken I had just been admitted for the second (& last) time aged 18 as an inpatient in an adult clinic, after 5 years of suffering with Anorexia and Depression."
Emily's healthy and happy photo shoot below the graphic images proves just how far the Londoner has come in her recovery. "Evidently NOT an appealing place to be, I had Osteoporosis, a heart rate of 30 and was on 24/7 watch. This was the morning that I realized if something didn’t change (ME), I wouldn’t have a future. I was SO UTTERLY DETERMINED to recover and live a life that I could be proud of & to be a daughter and sister who was loveable that I took the steps to really try and get there."
Her heartfelt message continued to encourage those who are struggling on any level to seek help and become the person they always imagined they could be. We applaud her bravery.
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