Where to get help
It is usually very difficult for people with eating disorders to get better on their own. It is important that you find help and support. There are a variety of ways either you, or someone you care about, can gain support and treatment.
Help in your area
To find what help is available in your area you can look through our helpFinder. You can also download our Useful links for help document.
Youth Access also has a directory of free counselling and advice for young people 25 and under.
TheSite has a directory of organisations that can help with a variety of issues.
Seeing a GP can be a good start. It is important to have the correct diagnosis. Your doctor can refer you to specialist professionals like psychiatrists, psychologists, dieticians, nutritionists, and counsellors - it may not be possible to access this support without seeing a doctor. If seeing a doctor is difficult perhaps you could talk to the practice nurse or someone at school or college that you trust.
Friends can be of great support in helping people cope with this illness. Beat's experience shows that support from friends and family can really help people to recover even when they are receiving professional help and advice.
Help from Beat
The Beat Youthline is available for confidential support and information for anyone in the UK. The service aims to provide a non-judgemental 'listening ear' to young people who are seeking help to overcome their eating disorder and for young friends and relatives. We will not tell you what to do, but it can help to talk things through and come up with ideas and options together.
You can call the Youthline on 0845 634 7650 . We are open from Mon - Fri 4:30pm - 8:30pm and Sat 1:00pm - 4:30pm. We are able to call young people back to save your phone bill, except on Saturdays, but do consider who will answer the phone. We are unable to return calls from outside the UK.
You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or text us on 07786 20 18 20 (Standard Text Messaging Rates apply.) If you'd like a call back you can text 'call back' to the text number, except on Saturdays.
We currently run two online service; a 1-2-1 service and a live chat service. Please follow this link for 1-2-1 support and to access the live chat service please follow this live chat link.
Or write to the youth team:
Beat - fyp
103 Prince of Wales Road
Find out more about calling the Youthline here
The Beat Network Self Help and Support Groups
The Beat Network Self Help and Support Groups are for people aged over 18 and provide a place to share feelings with others who have similar experiences. Beat runs groups all around the country for people with eating disorders and their families. For more information click here.
Self help books can offer more of an insight into your illness and also offer step by step guidance to help you on the road to recovery. For more info on the books stocked by Beat click here