Jenny Langley

Jenny Langley

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Since her son recovered from anorexia 20 years ago, Jenny Langley has campaigned to raise awareness of eating disorders and their impact on the whole family and to provide practical help and support to families affected by eating disorders.

Jenny has worked closely with the Eating Disorder Research team of The Institute of Psychiatry in England for more than 15 years and is trained in the New Maudsley Model. She is an “experienced carer” coach for the research programs and delivers regular skills workshops for carers, as well as training for facilitators. Since COVID Jenny has been delivering her training online via Zoom. This method has been highly successful, extending the carer skills programs both in terms of global reach and people able to access the courses.

Jenny co-authored the New Maudsley Skills-Based Training Manual, published by Routledge in 2018, with Prof. Janet Treasure and Gill Todd. Jenny also wrote of her family’s experiences in the book Boys Get Anorexia Too, published in 2006, and has a special interest in providing support and hope to the many families globally who are struggling with a male eating disorder.

Jenny’s work in educating clinicians at eating disorder services in the UK and overseas has been recognised with awards. These include the Beat Volunteer Recognition Award in 2014 for Outstanding Service to Education and Awareness, and the 2016 Royal College of Psychiatrists Award for Carer Contributor of the Year.

Jenny is a Schools & Families Trainer for the Charlie Waller Trust and a Mental Health First Aid Youth Instructor. She delivers sessions in schools for staff, parents and students on emotional wellbeing, resilience and mental health and is a lead trainer for the Teenage Brain program.

Jenny lives in Kent and has six children.

Jenny has consolidated her websites into one main New Maudsley site:
Home – newmaudsleycarers-kent (
Her Training Manual worksheets, many of which have accompanying videos and podcasts, can be seen at New Maudsley Carers – newmaudsleycarers-kent (
For additional videos, see: New Maudsley Training – YouTube
For information from her original Boys Get Anorexia Too website, see:
Boys Get Anorexia Too – newmaudsleycarers-kent (

From post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth

My son Joe developed anorexia at the age of 12 in 2002. He lost 25 per cent of his body weight in 12 weeks. Since that torrid time, I have known that caring for a loved one with an eating disorder is exhausting, distressing, disorientating, excruciating and terrifying. As with many families,  Joe’s illness came..

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