Community Places for Eating Disorders

Service Dorset All Age Eating Disorder

This is a link to our webpage which offers lots of information and resources to patients, parents and carers including contact information.


General Mental Health

  • ConnectionsA 24/7 helpline for Dorset residents or visitors in mental health crisis: : 0800 652 0190 or call 111 and select the option for mental health
  • Samaritans

24/7 helpline offering phone, email, letter or app support. Call on: 116 123 or visit

  • SHOUTMental health text support line open 24/7
    • Text “SHOUT” to 85258

Eating Disorder specific

Online Support

  • BEATDuring Covid-19, BEAT is running a series of online support groups. These can be accessed through their website:
  • Monday 6.45pm – Anorexia support group
  • Tuesday and Friday 6.45pm – Binge eating disorder support group
  • Wednesday and Saturday 6.45pm – Bulimia support group
  • Sunday 6.45pm- Carers support group

They also offer chat rooms open outside of these hours

  • F.E.A.S.T:
    F.E.A.S.T (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders) offer a free ‘First 30 days’ course, which follows the FBT approach and aims to “Transform parents into empowered caregivers in 30 days.”

    Carers receive daily email contact to support them with caring for their loved one with an eating disorder and it links them into a support network.


  • Rise Up and Recover (free)
    • Eating disorder specific app allowing users to input their intake without reference to calorie counting. Offers mood tracking, coping tools and suggestions for distraction techniques

  • RR Eating Disorder Management
    • Recovery record app, allowing you to record intake, while providing some support and motivation.

  • Virtual Hopebox (free)
    • NHS app for mental health and wellbeing uses principles of CBT
    • Distraction techniques, inspirational quotes, relaxation techniques and coping tools

  • Headspace (monthly subscription)
    • Mindfulness/meditation
    • Monthly fee- but free trial and free with Spotify Premium for students

  • Calm
    • Meditation, improve sleep and reduce anxiety
    • Free to download, however costs associated with a subscription service for some elements of the app 

  • Smiling Minds
    • Mindfulness and meditation app
    • Free of charge


Binge eating support

  • Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairburn
    Support with normalising eating pattern, reducing binging and purging behaviours

For parents/carers:

  • General advice and skills
    Skills Based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder by Janet Treasure, Grainne Smith and Anna Crane

  • Family-based therapy for anorexia nervosa
    Surviving FBT by Maria Ganci
    • A short introduction to family-based therapy, the NICE-recommended treatment for anorexia nervosa for under 19s, for family members.
    • Please be mindful that we do not recommend the meal plan section of this book and for dietetic advice please speak to a healthcare professional
    • Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder (Second Edition) by James Lock and Daniel Le Grange

  • Recovered voice (16+)
    • Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer
    • Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life by Jenni Schaefer

Information and worksheets

YouTube videos