Supporting Someone

If you know somebody who has an eating disorder or who you think might have an eating disorder, Beat can help you. On these pages you can find information about starting important conversations with someone you’re worried about, how you can help them during their treatment and throughout their wider recovery journey, and advice for taking care of your own wellbeing while supporting someone with an eating disorder. And remember, Beat’s support services are here for you as well as the person you’re caring for.

You may also find our Guide for Friends & Family booklet helpful. For younger carers, we offer an alternative guide for 11-18 year olds.

I'm worried about someone

Worried about a loved one

Information on how to support a friend or family member affected by an eating disorder.

Worried about a pupil

While eating disorders can affect anyone of any age, young people are at particular risk.

Worried About an Employee

Anyone can be affected whatever their level in an organisation. Employees with eating disorders often present little difficulty at work and excel at their job.


Supporting a loved one in recovery

Tips for Supporting Somebody

If you’re worried about someone then it’s important to encourage them to seek treatment as quickly as possible to ensure the best chance of recovery. 

Your Role in Treatment

Families, partners, friends and other carers can play an essential role in the recovery of their loved one

States of Change

The ‘stages of change’ cycle can be helpful to understand more about where your loved one is in terms of thoughts around behaviour change, and what to expect.

Developing Dolphins

Our free Developing Dolphins course helps anyone caring for someone in a personal capacity to develop skills to work with their loved one towards recovery.

Support for yourself

Beat's Services for Carers

Beat supports anyone affected by an eating disorder. If someone you know is suffering, and you’re supporting them in any capacity, our services are available to you as well.

Support for Carers

Caring for someone who has been diagnosed with an eating disorder can feel overwhelming and exhausting. It's important you have your own support network and coping mechanisms.