Welcome to Beat's first Impact Report.
In April 2016, we set off with a new and ambitious
five-year strategy with goals to dramatically increase
the number of people we help, to change policy and
practice so that people got better and faster treatment,
and to bring about increased understanding of these
serious mental illnesses.
This new strategy showed our commitment to make
the greatest possible impact for people with eating
disorders. After examining the evidence that early
treatment is crucial to a rapid and sustained recovery, it
became clear that the single most important change we
could make was to focus our energies on empowering
people to get help quickly.
Our new focus on helping as many people as quickly
as possible has resulted in considerable changes to
the way we work. Our Helpline and support services
concentrate on empowering sufferers and families to
seek help quickly, our campaigning centres on ensuring
fast access to better treatments, and our key messages
of early intervention are centre stage in all our education
work and our public communications.
The result is an organisation that is united around the
mission we collectively work towards, and helping
four times more people at the end of 2016-17 than
at the beginning.
This transformation would not have been possible
without our generous supporters. This report gives us
an opportunity to thank each and every one of you for
giving us the opportunity to make a positive impact on
those affected by eating disorders across the UK.
I invite you to read on to find out more about the impact
we made in the first year of our five-year strategy, some
highlights of the changes we have made since April 2017,
and the goals we’re setting for the year ahead to make
the biggest possible difference for people affected by