A mother and son from Plymouth are encouraging people to talk more about physical and mental health by sharing their own story of living with anorexia.
urges us all to open up, Debbie Roche says her son Ollie is now able to manage the condition he has suffered with since he was a teenager - and their relationship has flourished as a result. Britain Get Talking campaign
It's been tricky at times. I have to have coping mechanisms because I know things are going to get worse if I don't try to do something now.
Normally I do alright with that, but it really very much depends because you don't know what life is going to bring around the corner.
Ollie is studying for a qualification in beauty therapy. Credit: ITV News Read more: 'I thought my son was going to die' - Plymouth mum's agony as anorexia tore her family apart
Eight months ago Debbie and Ollie took the big decision to
which they say nearly destroyed their family. go public and open up about the condition
But now Ollie is back at college, living independently and says he feels much happier.
Ollie and Debbie say they are now able to speak to each other about difficult topics. Credit: ITV News
We have seen some steady progress. It's been really positive at times, Ollie starting college, a few years ago he had no future, he didn't want a future.
But for him now to actually be really positive about wanting a future, wanting to go out there and actually socialise with people again in a different scary environment, that's been brilliant for me.
are male, much higher than previously believed