Eating Disorders and Coronavirus

Beat urgently needs your help to keep our services running, as there are very serious risks to our funding. Major fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled because of coronavirus and many of our key funding partners are now unable to support us. 

Every donation, whatever the size, helps us to provide support at this difficult time to anyone affected by eating disorders.

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Coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of stress and anxiety, and we know that things may feel very uncertain right now. If you have an eating disorder, or are supporting someone who does, you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness or treatment. We’ve listened to the issues you’ve raised and, with the help of eating disorder clinicians, put together the guidance below to try to respond to the most common ones. Carers can find out more about supporting someone during the current situation here.

We also want to reassure you that our support services will continue to be here for you during this time, including putting extra provisions in place, such as our new online group open during helpline hours for anyone with an eating disorder. Our Helpline team is set up for home working and we’ll be ensuring this works smoothly in the coming days, so please do continue to get in touch with us as usual and we’ll do our best to give you the support you deserve. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters who are fundraising and donating which has meant we are able to continue providing our services at this time.

Information and Support

The Sanctuary

Set up in response to the Coronavirus, Sanctuary is open throughout normal helpline hours.

Coronavirus FAQs

Find the answers to any questions regarding eating disorders and coronavirus.

Difficult Emotions

During times of social distancing, you may find yourself ‘sitting with your emotions’ more often, and may have not have access to tools that might have distracted from uncomfortable feelings.

BLAST Advice

You may find it useful to use the BLAST technique. Think about what kind of things help you to feel better when you’re Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stressed or Tired.

Tips and Advice

Recovery in the face of uncertainty

These are hugely uncertain times we live in right now. It’s hard to not feel completely ‘out of control’ and to feel anxious as the news starts to ‘hit home’.

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7 ways I’ll keep working towards recovery during the pandemic

Like many of you, I too am battling an eating disorder during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, I also lost my mum to end-stage MS two weeks ago. 

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10 tips for coping during the coronavirus crisis

Beat Ambassador Summer shares her thoughts on how to cope with eating disorders during this time.

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BLAST-ing Through Difficult Emotions During A Pandemic

This pandemic triggers many difficult emotions. As I had an eating disorder, I am anticipating their appearance, particularly as I am considered a key worker. 

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Coping with Covid-19

This is an incredibly challenging and stressful time and it may not feel like it right now, but you will look back on these few weeks and months and you’ll be so proud of yourself for getting through this.

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Make sure you are extra kind and patient with yourself

"I can't imagine what it would be like if I were at my worst": a statement I found myself revealing to my mother as we walked through the local supermarket.

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We'll be updating this page as the coronavirus situation continues so please do check back for updates and contact us if you’d like more information or support. Please do ensure you follow the government’s current coronavirus guidance which you can find here.