Local Support Groups

Open to those over the age of 18 you can expect to find an open and safe environment at our self-help and support groups. Rather than providing therapy or treatment Beat support groups give you the opportunity to meet others who may be in a similar situation and share experiences, thoughts, successes and problems.

There are a range of support groups catering for the differing needs of people affected by eating disorders:

  • People with all types of eating disorders
  • People with anorexia and bulimia 
  • People who binge eat, compulsively overeat, feel they have emotional eating issues, are overweight, obese or struggling with their weight
  • Families and friends of people with eating disorders

Search HelpFinder for a support group near you

You do not have to be medically referred to a Beat group and attending can help for a variety of different reasons. Some people tell us they want extra help and support to take the first step towards treatment, others feel they want additional support during their recovery or you might feel like you occasionally need some support even though you’ve been in recovery for some time. You can attend our support groups as frequently as you wish; some attend regularly while others may only go along once every few months.

“I started going to a support group about two months ago and find it really helpful. I had never met anyone else with an eating disorder and it was reassuring to find that I wasn't the only one who was experiencing the thoughts and feelings I was having. Also because people are at different stages of recovery I found it helpful to see where I had come from and where I am now. I would urge you to go along and give it a try, you have nothing to lose!” Beat support group attendee

Each group is facilitated by at least two Beat trained Group Facilitators who will decide with the attendees the direction of the group and how it operates. They also make sure that all attendees feel supported and comfortable, and are offered the opportunity to speak if they wish.

Discussions within the group remain confidential, unless the Group Facilitators believe someone is in danger or significant harm. Information on other sources of help will be available.

Search our HelpFinder online for details of support services or contact our Helpline to find details of your nearest support group.

If you have questions or concerns regarding our Peer Support Groups please email our Network Support Officer Emilie at e.ruddick@b-eat.co.uk.

Emotional Overeating Support Groups

For information about our Emotional Overeating Support Groups, please click here