Welcome to the Beat message boards. In this area of our website you can find a place to seek peer support. The message boards are here to support anyone concerned about themselves or someone else affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape. We fully appreciate that each person affected by an eating disorder has an individual experience, and that each person may be at a different stage in their recovery. Everyone is welcome to the Beat message boards and we hope that you find the support that you are looking for.
Types of message board
We have two separate message boards. The young people’s message board is for those under the age of 18 and adult message board is for those aged 18 and over.
Registering for the message boards
To register, visit our register for online services page. You will then be able to login to our website with a username and password so you can post and make comments on other threads on the message boards. If you are having difficulties registering please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moderating the message boards
The Beat message board team moderates all posts before they are posted for your safety but we do understand the importance and value of sharing your experiences with other people who understand what you are going through. We are available to post messages Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm. Currently messages will not be posted on weekends and Bank Holidays and we aim to moderate all posts within 48 hours. Please remember the Message Board team is only human. We may post messages in error or there may be technical problems that are out of our control.
How the message boards are moderated
To ensure welfare and safety Beat will moderate the boards in four key areas: keeping safe online, posting mindfully, posting respectfully and posting responsibly.
We know that the majority of people using the message boards will use this support service correctly but we must make sure everyone using them are kept safe from harm which is why we have our message board house rules.
Read the Online services - ground rules
Confidentiality is fundamental to the services Beat provides. However, there are some exceptional circumstances where we may pass on information, for example:
- We suspect a child may be at risk from harm
- A user is at serious risk of harm, either from themselves or others
- A user threatens or abuses our staff