Hope Virgo is a leading mental health consultant and speaker, who has overcome her own battle with mental health illness and now utilises her strength to inspire others. Having fought with an eating disorder for many years, Hope knows first-hand the strategies required for healthy wellbeing and has dedicated her career to educating individuals and corporate clients through her book, speaking engagements and campaigning. A truly humble and knowledgeable speaker, Hope engages audiences, empowering them to adopt good wellness practices.
Developing anorexia aged only 13, Hope was blinded by the illness and its effects on her body and mind until she was admitted into a mental health facility aged 17. With thinning hair, yellowing skin and a suffering heart, Hope faced the biggest uphill battle over the following year to recover from the illness that had consumed her. Fast forward and Hope is thriving with the tools she’s developed to maintain her recovery and now supports others in doing the same. She has become a vocal advocate against such factors as BMI in determining treatment and is the Founder of the #DumpTheScales campaign.
Transforming her experience into a practical guide for eating disorder suffers, Hope is the author of ‘Hope Through Recovery’ which looks to the future through actionable advice. She has also bravely shared her journey in the book ‘Stand Tall Little Girl’ and has further established a platform in the media, appearing on the likes of Victoria Derbyshire, News Night and Good Morning Britain, discussing mental health illness.
As a speaker, Hope reflects on her personal battles in order to highlight the importance of gaining coping mechanisms for strong mental health. With such extensive personal and professional experience in the wellbeing sector, Hope has acted as an advisor to the government on relevant topics and has given talks for the Civil Service, Royal Bank of Canada and the NHS, a testament to her far-reaching impact.
“Her audience, both online and in the room, followed her on her epic journey every step of the way. “Recovery is possible -The story of me and my best friend anorexia” made you forget your work phone is in your pocket as you want to know how she made it through the trauma to become a published author, campaigner and media spokesperson for eating disorders and mental health. She’s honest and genuine and can adapt her presentation to suit your needs. If you book Hope for a wellbeing session, encourage your employees to leave their desks to listen to her story. They will remember it and tell people about it, which will help to end the mental health stigma.”
“Hope delivers a very real and important message about coping with mental illness. She connects very well with her audience especially given this very personal and sensitive subject. It was a pleasure welcoming her to speak at our Mental Health Awareness Week”
“At our Mental Health Conference Hope delivered her hugely insightful and moving personal story. Hope openly speaks with an evident passion on the topic of eating disorders and mental health in general, leaving audiences touched not only by her own story but with the hope that struggling with mental health doesn’t limit what you can do in life.”