In this guide, we review the various eating disorder helplines in the United Kingdom. There exist many of these helplines. This is good news for people seeking out these free services. However, the sheer number of these services may confuse people looking for help. To help address this concern, we’ve written a post explaining what each of these free helplines offer.
How eating disorder helplines work
The majority of these helplines aim to assist you through times of crisis. Many of these helplines offer a free ‘listening service’. Many of these people who work for these helplines have themselves suffered from an eating disorder in their own past, and so they understand exactly what you are going through. The call handlers will be able to relate to your experiences and offer non-judgement advice and support.
We now list and detail many popular eating disorder helplines available in the United Kingdom today. We list these helplines in alphabetically.
1. Eating Disorder Support
About: Eating Disorders Support is an organisation providing help and support to anyone affected by an eating problem such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. It also provides help for those who are caring for or supporting someone with an eating disorder.
Phone: 01494 793223
2. Seed Eating Disorders
About: SEED is a group of ordinary people with firsthand experience of eating disorders, who make a difference to those people whose lives are blighted by this devastating illness.
Phone: 01482 718130
About: We are a group of ordinary people with firsthand experience of eating disorders, who make a difference to those people whose lives are blighted by this devastating illness.
Phone: 03000 11 12 13
4. Eating Disorders Association NI
About: Established in 1992, the Eating Disorders Association (Northern Ireland) exists to provide support, information and understanding to people with eating disorders as well as their families and friends. EDANI is a charity based in Belfast City Centre that has a national focus, operating services across Northern Ireland.
Phone: 028 90 235959
About: Bulimia.com isn’t just about helping people suffering from Bulimia Nervosa, we provide information and treatment center resources for anorexia, binge eating and any other eating disorder.
Phone: +001 (1)-888-232-6949
About: Beat is a UK eating disorder charity. Its vision is an end to the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. Beat have been a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by these serious mental illnesses since its founding in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, giving sufferers and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported, and empowered.
Phone: 0808 801 0677
7. National Centre for Eating Disorders
About: NCFED believes that you have the right to have good help from someone who cares and understands. NCFED believes that therapists who work with eating disorders deserve the best professional training to empower their work, plus ongoing clinical support.
Phone: 0845 838 2040