Eating Disorder Youth Helpline
National charity offering help and information to young people with eating disorders (e.g. anorexia and bulimia) and their family and friends. There is also a text service for young people on 07786 20 18 20. There are pages for young people on the beat website which has a range of moderated services for young people including: message board; live chats and 1-2-1 with beat youth workers.
beat has self-help groups throughout the UK and it can be helpful to attend one of these. For details of UK groups visit: http://www.b-eat.co.uk/HelpandSupport/HelpFinder there are carers and sufferers groups.
beat also has a Message Board service on website www.beat.co.uk/HelpandSupport/MessageBoards and it can be useful to exchange messages with others suffering from an eating disorder.
beat always recommends that people go to see their doctor if they think they may have an eating disorder. The GP is the gateway to NHS services and can refer patients on for specialist help and treatment which may include talking therapy or counselling. It is also wise to consult a doctor in order to have a diagnosis and a health check, especially if eating problems are long term. The N.I.C.E. guidelines are on our website and outline the treatment which can be provided by the NHS http://www.beat.co.uk/ProfessionalStudentResources/NICETreatmentGuidelines
Alongside all eating disorders there are usually painful and difficult feelings which need to be acknowledged and dealt with. Often some form of talking treatment is effective in this respect and there are counselling agencies throughout the UK who offer a counselling service, some providing help for people with eating disorders. For listing of these services, please look on: www.b-eat.co.uk/HelpandSupport/HelpFinder Listings are shown in your county or city, including NHS services, private therapists, voluntary organizations and other forms of help for eating disorders.
These services pay to be on our data base and have provided the details themselves, we cannot recommend one service above another and we leave it to the individual to see if the service they provide is suitable for their needs.