The evidence could not be clearer: early intervention is crucial to a rapid, sustained and full recovery.
Why is this? The existing recommended therapies are more effective at an early stage of an eating disorder’s development, and individuals can better engage with treatment.
Right now, we are letting people with eating disorders down. They are turned away by the health system, told they aren’t ‘ill’ enough for treatment and are confused about where to turn. This can’t continue.
We wouldn’t let a physical health issue get out of control before an individual could access treatment – why is this the case for mental health?
We must halt eating disorders at their first signs, before they become entrenched.
Together we can make a difference – join us in our early intervention strategy and change the lives of people affected by eating disorders.
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. We exist to end the pain and suffering caused by these serious mental illnesses, and are a champion, guide and friend to all affected by them.
Our vision is a society where fewer people suffer eating disorders, where people with eating disorders experience care and understanding, and where they can quickly access treatment that supports a rapid and sustained recovery.
Over the next five years we will make dramatic progress towards that vision. We will increase ten-fold the number of people helped by our services to 60,000 every year, we will increase our influence four-fold by reaching over 500,000 people a year with a message of hope and recovery, and through powerful campaigning we will ensure that political and practical change takes place to help those that need it most.
Early intervention is central to this vision. By focussing on early intervention we can ensure that more people than ever recover from eating disorders and that we can make the biggest difference to sufferers of this terrible illness right across the UK.
We’re putting early intervention front and centre across everything we do to make the biggest difference to the most people.
For more information about how to help Beat, please call 0300 123 3355, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Garfield Weston Foundation – supporting the transformation phase of Beat’s early intervention strategy.