This month marks a year since @hannahrenshall started training again @depotmanchester after a 10 year fight against anorexia.
“Coming out of hospital, moving back to Manchester and returning to climbing was terrifying. I had to set myself challenges each visit - like to wear something that showed a part of my body I hated or talk to someone new. But now not only have I gained and maintained a healthy weight for six months, but I’ve also got the best and supportive friends I could’ve wished for. Climbing (and mountain biking) are the only parts of my day where I can value my body for what it can do, not what it looks like. I still struggle with anxiety every time I come but now I can’t wait to support others in their recovery with #climbtothrive and maybe introduce the #mindfulness of #tradclimbing to them too”

"Since being a patient of the health care system I have used bouldering and climbing as a way to regulate my mood, develop a strong sense of self-worth, and utilise the uniquely mindful awareness so that I can now reflect on where I have been, and how far I have come. Climbing allows me to practice several beneficial techniques that I often find difficult to fit into my day to day routine; solving a problem requires mindfulness, and focus on the present this helps me to manage the anxiety that is all to present in day to day life." Climber two

"I can place myself in an environment where I’m comfortable, but also with people around where I can engage or not engage at my own discretion. A positive feedback cycle promoting isolation is often a common manifestation of my anxiety and the climbing centre and supportive atmosphere provides me with a way to consistently break that cycle and be more social. These two aspects among the myriad of benefits from regular physical activity have led to a drastic improvement in both my mental and physical health.” Climber one