UPDATE: Information on Coronavirus

Posted 13/03/2020

UPDATE: EDIC 2020

In light of the rapidly changing coronavirus situation, Beat and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders regret to announce that the Eating Disorders International Conference will NOT be taking place as planned at the University of Strathclyde on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March 2020.

We have been monitoring the COVID 19 developments closely and continuously and while we have been making every possible adjustment to ensure we could continue with the event, we must put the health and safety of our attendees first and not put any further strain on the medical profession at this unprecedented time.

It is not a decision we have taken lightly and we recognise it will impact those planning to attend as well as Beat as a charity. We understand you will have questions about this decision and we ask for your understanding here; our conference team will now have a great deal of work to do following this decision. We will be sending a further communication next week including information about refunds, and we hope you will bear with us until then, while we take the necessary logistical steps, and while we communicate this news to all affected.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.


UPDATE: Developing Dolphins

After careful consideration, we will no longer be holding our Developing Dolphins workshops as planned in West Sussex (14-15 March), East Sussex (28-29 March), Cardiff (28-29 March), Aberdeen (4th and 5th April) and Glasgow (18th and 19th April) due to the ongoing complex situation regarding coronavirus.

We know that the Developing Dolphins events for those supporting a loved one with an eating disorder are incredibly important and valuable to our attendees and we have not come to the decision to cancel lightly. However, we must put the health and safety of our attendees first and not put any further strain on the medical profession at this unprecedented time. We know that many people with eating disorders could be more vulnerable to the impacts of illness and we do not want to put people attending or their loved ones at increased risk.

It is our aim to rearrange these events once the risk is lower and further communications will be sent to those affected as soon as we have more information. Anyone currently booked on one of these courses will be able to have their deposit refunded and will still receive our support resources via post in due course.

Currently these events are the only ones affected and Developing Dolphins courses at the end of April and June will continue as planned. We are monitoring and assessing the situation daily however, and any further cancellations will be confirmed on Beat’s website and directly to participants in advance, should any further measures be necessary.


UPDATE: Spotting the Signs

After careful consideration, we will no longer be holding our Spotting the Signs workshops as planned in Exeter (26th March), Plymouth (27th March) and Aberdeen (1st April), as well as our Primary Prevention workshop in North East Essex (26th March) due to the ongoing complex situation regarding coronavirus.

Although schools are still open we do not want to put the health and safety of our attendees, and also our clinicians who are delivering the training, at any further risk. We understand that there is a need for this training however we must put the health and safety of our attendees first and not put any further strain on the medical profession at this unprecedented time.  

It is our aim to rearrange these events once the risk is lower and further communications will be sent to those affected as soon as we have more information. Anyone currently booked on one of these courses will be given first refusal once the new dates are confirmed. 

Currently these events are the only schools courses affected however in this rapidly changing time we will be monitoring and assessing the situation daily. Any further cancellations will be confirmed on Beat’s website and directly to participants in advance, should any further measures be necessary. 


Beat’s online groups and Helpline are operating as normal and are available to anyone who were attending these events who may need support, as well as anyone affected by eating disorders.