A Blackburn girls’ group have launched a new campaign to create more awareness of eating disorders amongst young people.

The West End Girls (WEGs) ‘Let’s Stop the Stigma’ project aims to better understand eating disorders and 'find a way to support people of all ages'.

Sisters Safiyya and Zainab Hanslod and WEGs colleague Aliyah Bangi managed the project. They met up at the girls group on weekends to develop the initiative alongside health and engagement professionals.

The campaign which is headed by One Voice Blackburn explains the main eating disorders which exist in the UK, and also offers guidance and support through organisations.

Fourteen-year-old Saffiya said: “I have really enjoyed working on this project as I feel it is something that affects many young people.” 

“Those young people often keep silent about eating disorders and do not know where to turn for help. We have created this campaign to ensure that more people talk about this issue.”

A leaflet will be distributed to students in primary and secondary schools in Blackburn with Darwen. The social media campaign will also be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.