Support Services

Beat urgently needs your help to keep our services running, as there are very serious risks to our funding. Major fundraising events have been postponed or cancelled because of coronavirus and many of our key funding partners are now unable to support us. 

Every donation, whatever the size, helps us to provide support at this difficult time to anyone affected by eating disorders.


Helpline: 0808 801 0677

Studentline: 0808 801 0811

Youthline: 0808 801 0711

Our Helplines are open 365 days a year from 12pm–8pm during the week, and 4pm–8pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Sometimes our lines are busy. If you can't get through immediately, please do try again or try our one-to-one web chat.

You are never alone with your eating disorder. We are here to support people who have or are worried they have an eating disorder, as well as others affected, such as friends and family members. 

See below to find out more about how we can help you.

Eating Disorders and Coronavirus

Coronavirus is understandably causing a lot of stress and anxiety, and we know that things may feel very uncertain right now. If you have an eating disorder, or are supporting someone who does, you might have specific worries or practical concerns to do with the illness or treatment. We’ve listened to the issues you’ve raised and, with the help of eating disorder clinicians, put together the guidance below to try to respond to the most common ones.


Our free & confidential helpline services provide support and information 365 days a year . Call 0808 801 0677 or 0808 801 0711 for the Youthline.

Contact the Helplines
Online Support Groups

Chat with other recoverees and carers in one of Beat's chat rooms . Sessions involve a mix of themed discussion and general conversation.

Access our support groups
One-to-one Web Chat

Speak directly with Beat's support advisors using our secure messaging service .

Access the Web Chat

Search Beat's directory of eating disorder services including therapists, private clinics, & support groups.

Access HelpFinder
Echo Peer Coaching

Echo peer coaching is a free and confidential telephone-based service for anyone caring for someone with an eating disorder that gives you the chance to speak to someone who’s been there.

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Scotland: Online Peer Support for Young People

Beat has teamed up with NHS Lothian to deliver online peer support for young people across Scotland. If you live in Scotland, have an eating disorder, and are 12 – 25 years old, register your interest now.

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Overturning Bad Decisions

If someone has made a decision that denies you or a loved one treatment for or information about an eating disorder, this page is designed to help you overturn that decision.

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Downloadable resources

Downloadable copies of our leaflets and booklets including our popular GP Guide. If needed, you can also order hard copies here.

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Courses & Workshops

Beat runs a number of courses and workshops to help you learn how to pick up on early psychological, behavioural and physical signs of eating disorders, how to approach someone you’re concerned about, and what you can do to help them into the treatment they need.