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Blandine West

Communications Officer

Blandine has worked for The Unmentionables since early 2017 as our Marketing and Communications Intern, before becoming our Communications Officer in August 2017. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath. Blandine now works as a Communications and Development Assistant for a non-profit based in London. Since growing up in Thailand she has been an avid traveller and is looking forward to what The Unmentionables Team can achieve around the world.

When was a time you needed assistance with something that seemed unmentionable at the time? A situation that you would not have been able to get through without tangible support?

I thank friends, family and strangers for being there for me in times of need with small and large acts of incredible kindness. The yogi in me has filed all experiences that may have been considered bad as learning curves, of course lessons learnt and experiences I wouldn’t have been able to get through without others by my side. I went through high school struggling to maintain my individuality in an environment that was attempting to mould me into something else. I struggled with issues of identity a lot, as many young people do. In my final year however, this escalated to the point where I lost a considerable amount of weight. Now I have learnt that my battle with bulimia was a call for help and I am so incredibly grateful to my closest friends and family for answering that call and getting me the help that I needed. At the time, I couldn’t talk to others about my issues with confidence and identity and ultimately was in serious denial about my eating disorder. Now I am so glad that I get to work with this amazing team to be there for those who are too afraid/nervous to ask for help!