SNP MSP Dennis Robertson would like to thank all the people who supported the Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Following a very emotional debate at the Scottish Parliament, Mr Robertson has been overwhelmed by the number of personal messages of support he has received since, many from sufferers and families of sufferers, some from doctors and health professionals, some from constituents in Aberdeenshire West, some from as far as America and New Zealand.
Dennis Robertson MSP for Aberdeenshire West said:
“At the end of a very emotional week and after my first members’ debate at Holyrood on eating disorders, I would like to thank all the MSPs across the political spectrum who stayed in the chamber and for listening. A special thanks to the First Minister for being there, to those who spoke and to Kevin Stewart, SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central, whose support on the day meant a lot to me.
“I would like to add my thanks to the media for the way they reported the event this week. My family and I are very grateful for the way the press handled this very difficult and emotional subject and I hope that their contribution will help people to be better aware of eating disorders.”
Mr Robertson called for better diagnosis and treatment in order to save lives. The Eating Disorder Week coincides with the first anniversary of his daughter Caroline’s death and the MSP answered the call of charities involved in the event.
The Chairman of Trustees of the UK’s leading charity supporting people with eating disorders Beat said of the MSP’s contribution:
“It is both inspiring that Mr Robertson was willing to bring the issue forward in such a public forum and heart rending in its detail of how things do not work to save young people like his daughter. Our work is very important.”
Linda Fabiani MSP concluded:
“Inspired by Dennis, I will be working with young people in East Kilbride to help raise awareness of Eating Disorders.
“By coming togther, I hope to encourage more people to recognise and support those individuals and their families who are faced with this awful disease.”