Eating disorders can have a devastating impact on the lives of sufferers and the people around them. Beat’s vision is an end to the pain and suffering caused by these serious mental illnesses. Campaigning for change is a vital part of realising that vision, so we aim to engage, empower, and act.
Engage: We listen to your experiences and feedback to ensure we’re campaigning on the issues that matter the most to you.
Empower: We know we can make the biggest difference for people with eating disorders if we give our campaigners the tools they need.
Act: We want to make change happen – and that’s where you come in.
Our campaigning focus is on earlier treatment – we know that the sooner someone gets treatment, the better their chance of full recovery. We want to tackle the barriers that people face to getting that treatment.
We have campaigns aimed at helping people get the help they need as quickly as possible already underway. Why not join them?
Beyond that, there’s so much more you can do to make a difference.
“After EDAW 2017, Beat let me know about my local Healthwatch and Patient Engagement Group in my area, and they were very supportive and informative in helping me get involved. Since joining, I have met some extraordinary people and learned a lot about my local healthcare services and how decisions are made. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to share my experiences to help promote change and inform decisions about mental health services in my community.” Caroline Kalorkoti, Beat Volunteer and Campaigner
Just knowing what’s going on is important. We can keep you up to date with what’s happening, what we’re doing about it, and how you can help.
Tackling stigma and misunderstanding is an essential part of the fight to get people with eating disorders the help they deserve.
Tell those who represent you in Government and healthcare what matters to you, and what changes you want to see.
Not sure how to go about writing your letter, or want to know more about how the system works first? Our free campaigns toolkit is a great place to start, or you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telling those who can make change why what you’re saying matters, face-to-face, can make an enormous difference.
We know it can be very difficult, especially if you’re talking about your personal experiences. But don’t forget that the Beat campaigns team is here to help you out every step of the way.