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Eating Disorders - Supporting Someone Else

21 September 2021

Beat Eating Disorders

Eating disorders affect not only those who are unwell but the people around them too.

Beat Eating Disorders

Beat Eating Disorders

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Eating disorders affect not only those who are unwell but the people around them too. If you’re caring for someone with an eating disorder, you may need support for yourself, as well as resources to help you give them the help they need. If you’re concerned about someone, here are some things you can do.




Speak to them as soon as possible


You may worry you’ll say the wrong thing, that it’s none of your business, or that you’ll offend the person, but remember eating disorders are serious mental illnesses and are not the person’s fault. Learn about how to raise concerns with someone to help start the conversation.

Learn more about eating disorders


They are extremely complex mental illnesses, and it can be difficult to understand what the person is experiencing. There is a lot of information on eating disorders on Beat’s website.




Make sure you have support for yourself


Supporting someone with an eating disorder can impact your own mental health, so a support network and time for yourself are vital. Beat offers lots of support for those caring for people with eating disorders, including our Helplines, anonymous online support group the Aviary, and a range of training and coaching services that will empower you to best support your loved one. You can learn more here.


What can Beat offer?


Helplines available via phone, email, and one-to-one webchat. They are open every day from 9am – 8pm on weekdays and 4pm – 8pm on weekends and bank holidays. Call 0808 801 0677 or email HELP@BEATEATINGDISORDERS.ORG.UK

  • Online peer support groups
  • Telephone coaching and guided self-help
  • Workshops for those caring for someone with an eating disorder


Learn more about all of BEATS services HERE.

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Our mission is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. Our national Helpline exists to encourage and empower people to get help quickly, because we know the sooner someone starts treatment, the greater their chance of recovery. People can contact us online or by phone 365 days a year. We listen to them, help them to understand the illness, and support them to take positive steps towards recovery. We also support family and friends, equipping them with essential skills and advice, so they can help their loved ones recover whilst also looking after their own mental health.

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eating disorders supporting yourself

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses. There are a lot of misconceptions around them, including what they look like and who can get them, and they can be extremely isolating.

how can beat help me

Beat provide support services for anyone affected by an eating disorder, including those caring for somebody.


If you are experiencing distress or are in a mental health crisis please contact
Lifeline on 0808 808 8000


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