Twenty four year old Nicole Blackie was diagnosed with the life threatening mental illness during her RAF basic training three years ago and doctors fought to save her life as her weight plummeted to around five stone.
Now Nicole has battled back and after a magazine article she was contacted by film maker David Cruickshanks to take part in the Harbour Steps project backed by mental health charity See Me.
Nicole has spoken bravely about the disease and how it affected her and the result is a ten minute film ‘Fighting Rio’ which is being turned into a DVD to help educate the public in understanding anorexia and other eating disorders.
The film Nicole was involved, along with four others all dealing with the stigma of mental ill heath, had their first public screening last month and were the brainchild of community broadcaster Channel Fife TV.
The series was funded by the See Me local grants fund and was the first time that a project of this type has been undertaken in Fife.
The films were created through a series of workshops where people with direct or indirect experience of mental ill health talked about their personal experiences. These stories were turned into four screenplays and filmed. The films tell the true life stories of people coming to terms with mental ill health. In some cases the participants on the project, act in their own stories or provide the narration.
The fifth film contains candid interviews and It is hoped the series will improve public perceptions surrounding mental illness and lead to greater understanding.