From Risk to Resilience

‘Although eating disorders can develop at any age, the risk is highest for young men and women between 13 and 17 years of age.’
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Our From Risk to Resilience presentations help prevent the  impact of eating disorders on young people’s lives and education, with underlying principles which apply to a wide range of mental health issues.

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We provide up to two one-hour presentations on the same day, tailored for pupils, teachers or parents. Each attendee will be provided with a copy of the detailed handbook which we supply (see this short sample).

From Risk to Resilience is normally presented by Nick Pollard, with Dr McNaught appearing by video. However, when her clinical diary allows, Dr McNaught can be booked to attend and speak in person.

Nick Pollard BSc (Psych) MBPsS FRSA is the father of Dr Elizabeth McNaught and therefore has a personal, as well as professional, knowledge of eating disorders. When his daughter was very ill, he gained a personal understanding of important insights which became instrumental in her recovery. He is now the director of Family Mental Wealth, a social-enterprise working with King’s College London and the University of Southampton to facilitate family-based pro-active self-care for mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Elizabeth McNaught MBBS DRCOG is a medical doctor with lived experience of eating disorders, having become very ill with anorexia at the age of 14. Since qualifying as a doctor she has written the best-selling book Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia. Dr McNaught now combines her clinical work as a hospital doctor with TV appearances and public speaking about mental health issues.

An example of one of the videos of Dr McNaught included in the presentation

‘The presentation by Nick Pollard and Dr Elizabeth McNaught was packed full of important and detailed information but in a way that made it very accessible. This information was further illustrated by powerful personal stories. Nick’s perspective as a father was particularly poignant and insightful. Both staff and pupils found the presentation genuinely inspirational and educative. I recommend them highly.’
Lisa Greatwood, Head of PSHE, Rugby School.

‘Nick Pollard and Dr Elizabeth McNaught are both inspirational speakers who are able to articulate a very personal and powerful account of a young woman’s journey towards overcoming anorexia, and the extent to which her family understanding and support was crucial to her recovery. They give clear, simple guidance to enable parents and teachers to listen and advise with confidence. I recommend them highly.’
Brenda McDonald, Director of Sixth Form, Kingston Grammar School.

Attendees will:

  • Be inspired to see that the devastating impact of mental health issues, such as eating disorders, can be averted by the appropriate knowledge and response of teachers, fellow students or parents.
  • Gain insight into a range of eating disorders, and their impact upon the person’s life and education, in the context of other mental health issues.
  • Build knowledge to help identify the most common biological, psychological and sociocultural risk factors for the development of an eating disorder, with parallels to other mental health issues.
  • Build skills to help students turn those risk factors into resilience.
  • Secure an ability to spot the most common signs of an emerging eating disorder, and related mental health issues, and build skills in responding appropriately.
  • Be guided through a detailed handbook which delegates will take away to continue developing their knowledge and insight.


When presented by Nick Pollard, with Dr McNaught appearing by video, the cost is £750 plus travel (at 45p per mile from Southampton). When Dr McNaught’s clinical diary allows, and schools would like her to appear in person, the cost for both presenters is £1,500 plus travel (at 45p per mile from Southampton, plus 45p per mile from Bath). In both cases, it is important that everyone attending the presentation has a copy of the detailed handbook to which the presenters refer throughout the presentation – we supply these at £1.50 each.

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If you have booked this presentation for your school please access these resources.