I've had great experiences when using Beat's Helpline services. The people I have personally spoken to have been very sympathetic with all of my needs in my loneliest moments.
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Beat provides Helplines for people of all ages, offering support and information about eating disorders no matter where you are in your journey. These Helplines are free to call from all phones.
Email support for England:email@example.com
Email support for Scotland:Scotlandhelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Email support for Wales:Waleshelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk
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To ensure the quality and consistency of our services, managers may listen in to calls and check emails from time to time.
If you call our Helpline you will speak to a trained support worker experienced in listening and talking to people in a similar situation to you. We know it can be difficult to reach out for help and talk about what you are feeling and going through, but we aim to provide a supportive, non-judgemental space.
You don’t have to have a formal diagnosis to use our Helpline.
Our eating disorder Helpline support workers are trained to:
I was recently discharged from inpatient treatment after suffering with anorexia, when I developed a binge/purge cycle. I felt so alone, and ashamed to tell anyone. I rang the Helpline because I was struggling so much, but the lady I spoke to was so lovely and listened to me. Without the Helpline, I wouldn't have been able to make the step to tell services and get the help I needed.
Beat is a member of Language Line and can provide access to an interpreter for non-English speaking callers.
Other sources of support
Beat is a member of the Helplines Partnership, the membership body for organisations that provide Helplines in the UK and internationally.
Beat’s Youthline is a member of Child Helpline International, a network of over 180 organisations supporting children via helplines in 139 countries all over the world.
Calls to this helpline are free from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.
It took a lot for me to call Beat; I was so nervous but I am so glad I did. The Helpline staff were amazing. They were so understanding and friendly and told me about all the services Beat offer. They also suggested that I make an appointment with my GP and talked me through what might happen and ways I could tell my doctor. They told me about the self-help and support groups that Beat run. Sitting here now knowing I am three years in recovery, I owe my life to Beat. If it wasn’t for the Helpline and making that initial call I really don’t know where I would be now.