Help and support for people affected by eating disorders
Welcome to our help and support page for people affected by eating disorders. This page also provides help and support resources for families and carers.
Anna explains that she didn’t think anorexia could affect her and shares the challenges she faced when trying to do something that most of us take for granted – shop for food at the supermarket. Anna received treatment from the CONNECT eating disorders service and explains how she benefited from both one-to-one and group sessions.
She has the following message for anyone who is considering taking the first step and asking for help: “Going to CONNECT and getting help was the best decision. I was so incredibly lucky… to make that step. I would say don’t be scared and take the leap of faith now.”
Abbie speaks openly about the moment she realised she needed extra support. She shares her experiences of the CONNECT service and how her feelings on group therapy changed during her time there.
Abbie says: “Looking back, I can understand why I was scared [about group therapy] but having now been through it, it’s really not scary at all. The people you meet are really nice. You almost have to feel the fear and do it anyway!”
Nicola – a carer’s story
An eating disorder doesn’t just affect those diagnosed. It can be felt far more widely and seeing a loved one battle an eating disorder can be particularly hard for families. Nicola is Abbie’s sister. In the following film, she looks at things from a sibling’s perspective and explains how receiving family therapy at CONNECT helped.