Self Help

Self-help options can be useful to use alongside any other therapies you’re receiving, while you are waiting for treatment or if you are experiencing a relapse. Self-help can allow you to expand your knowledge and understanding about yourself and may be recommended by your healthcare professional as a first step in treatment for bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, in accordance with the NICE Guidelines for Eating Disorders.

Some resources

Below are some self-help resources. Please note, with the exception of the My Personal Best Challenge Planner and book reviews, Beat is not responsible for the content of the following websites and inclusion on this page does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation. We would always encourage people to check with their doctor whether a self-help resource is appropriate for them.

General resources

Book Reviews: Read reviews written by our team on a variety of books for eating disorders, including some self-help books.

My Personal Best Challenge Planner: An online self-help tool for those under 25, Beat’s My Personal Best lets you celebrate your achievements, set goals and help to increase your self-esteem and confidence.

Bulimia

Overcoming Bulimia Online: is an online self help intervention based on the proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach for individuals with bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders. The user works through 8 sessions to help them learn, understand and overcome their condition, at their own pace and in the privacy of their own home.

For carers

Overcoming Anorexia Online: This is an online self-help intervention based on the proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach for carers helping and supporting a person with anorexia. The user works through 8 sessions to help them to understand the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the anorexia suffer.