What is Re-Capture?

Re-Capture is a youth-led project and is open to all young aged 14 to 25 with experience of an eating disorder.

The project aims to raise awareness of recovery as an individual and personal journey in which young people need to be actively involved. By giving young people a platform to express what recovery means to them, Re-Capture hope that medical and mental health professionals, politicians and decision-makers will listen and take action.

Background to the project

Re-Capture was initially developed by a group of young people in Scotland to raise awareness about Eating Disorders.  In October 2011 the Re-Capture Project group, in partnership with the National Youth Information Agency, Young Scot, launched a call for young people aged 14 to 25 in Scotland to submit a photograph of what recovery meant to them along with a caption explaining why. From dozens of entries, twelve images were chosen to be made into a mobile exhibition that was launched during Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2012 by the Minister for Public Health.

Throughout 2012 the exhibition has been displayed in the Scottish Parliament and venues Edinburgh, Glasgow, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Fife, Lanarkshire, Stirling and London. Eight of these were also made into postcards to promote the project across Scotland.

Young people have continued to submit photographs through the dedicated project website, adding to the growing collection of images available for the public to view.


“Me, myself and bump really touched me from the collection of photos. I’ve been feeling pretty hopeless about recovery but see this photo today and reading Hannah’s words has really touched a nerve. My one wish is to one day have a baby. I’ve battled anorexia for 12 years and not had any period in 6 years and fear they will never return and my dream will never come through. But Hannah’s story is proof it can happen. Recovery is real and dreams really do come through” – Aoife

“Creativity is always a good outlet for emotions. It helps to take my mind off of life stresses and to focus my efforts on creating something. I found it really interesting to see other people’s perspectives of recovery, although there are a lot of similarities with everyone. It’s also good to focus on recovery, like putting a positive spin on things. Rather than focussing on the illness it encourages us to focus on overcoming the illness.” – Lindsay