London: Transitions Project
The Transitions Project was all about supporting young people in London who are affected by eating disorders during transitions – a time when they are at their most vulnerable. The Transitions project was over 3 years and finished in March 2015.
Following the conclusion of the project, Beat have designed a booklet to help people faced with changing circumstances. It offers tips, advice and personal experiences from participants in the project.
When we talk about transitions we’re referring to a time of change in life which may include facing challenges and new experiences, this might be when a person with an eating disorder:
- Moves between services e.g. Child and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS)
- Leaves specialist treatment services
- Is adapting to major life changes e.g. leaving school, starting university, work or living independently.
Research shows that young people are particularly prone to relapse during these times and can often struggle to re-engage with healthcare services. Members of Beat's Young People’s Forum have told us they want more direct support at these times of transition.
With this in mind Beat designed a project funded by The City Bridge Trust to directly support young people struggling through transitions. The aim of the project is to reduce the number of young people who relapse following treatment through the support of Recovery Buddy mentors who can share skills and tips to help to navigate through difficult transitions during recovery.
‘The Transitions project came at the right time for me. I was able to be myself. Through gentle words and mutual understanding my recovery ‘buddy’ was able to make me see life beyond being miserable, lonely and overwhelmed by London life, which was exacerbating my eating disorder pathology. I am still working hard but now each day I take time out to check in with myself and to attend to my needs. Without the transitions project I think I would have driven myself into despair. It has made me realise that recovery is not just about one shot and one shot only’ (Mentee)
This project gave young people the opportunity to talk openly about their difficulties with Recovery Buddies – trained volunteer mentors who have themselves recovered from an eating disorder. Support was offered by email and online forums pre-moderated by Beat.
Please note: The Transitions Project concluded at the end of March 2015. We are not accepting any more applications at this stage. For further information about the project, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.