Motivate is support for people on a waiting list for their eating disorder. It is weekly support to ensure you remain motivated while waiting for your treatment for anorexia or bulimia to start. It consists of fortnightly scheduled telephone calls from a Beat Specialist Advisor, interspersed with fortnightly moderated peer support groups, resulting in one intervention per week for 3 months or until treatment starts.
Adults (aged 18+) who have been assessed as having anorexia or bulimia nervosa, but who are facing a significant waiting period before their treatment can start.
If you have answered yes to the above questions, please complete the self referral form and one of our team will be in touch with our sign up questionnaire within 5 working days. Please be aware that referral and completion of the sign up survey does not guarantee a place on our programme as there are some other questions taking into consideration.
To help you remain motivated while waiting for support and try to help to make sure you are in the best possible frame of mind when treatment starts.
After the sign up questionnaire is completed and you meet the criteria for the programme, you will have an assessment to help ascertain motivation to change, the frequency and impact of your disordered behaviours, any risk or safeguarding concerns, and where you are currently in terms of your treatment. Based on this assessment, if suitable, you will be allocated to a trained specialist advisor for one-to-one support. Fortnightly telephone sessions will be scheduled and will be tailored based on where you are in your illness and readiness to change.
Sessions are 30 minutes long.
You also have access to group support alongside other individuals receiving the same programme. These sessions take place on the alternate week to the fortnightly telephone support sessions and are designed to check in with how the person has managed over the past week, allow them to talk through any challenges and to enhance engagement with the programme.
Peer support groups take place online using Beat’s established peer support platform. Service users participate by typing their messages into the chat, which is moderated to ensure the space is safe and no triggering content is shared. The groups are facilitated by a trained specialist supported by a Beat Ambassador – someone who has recovered from their own eating disorder.
The programme is designed to support the service user during this uncertain time, helping to prevent them from deteriorating while waiting for treatment. It aims to enhance motivation and the belief that recovery is possible. Your GP and eating disorder service will remain responsible for their medical risk, and they will be informed of your involvement.