What We Do
We offer personal, on-going, emotional support and practical guidance for recovery for people struggling with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, other eating disorders or eating distress.
Our work saves people's lives and greatly increases their chance of making a full recovery from an eating disorder.
At ABC, a tailored personal approach is at the centre of our work and has been since we were founded in 1989. This care means that we spend time with our callers and those asking for our help, getting to know them as individuals and what will work for them. We can also ring them on a weekly basis via our befriending service. Our help is equally called upon by parents and family members all desperately trying to help the person they love to overcome an eating disorder.
“My ABC Befriender ringing me is like me receiving a gift - I have no-one else who knows what it’s like to struggle with an eating disorder.”
“ABC is like a family to me. I grew up in care and have always lived alone, so I never knew what a normal meal was like until with the help of your nutritional advisor I was given a meal plan and the support to get my eating back on track.”
"You don’t tell me what to do, but enable me to explore my choices, but you always have my physical and mental health at the forefront of your minds and you’re not afraid to gently explain the danger."
On being asked “who else would you have called today?” 97% reported “no one.”
The impact of supporting individuals is that they can learn to manage their condition and start the journey of recovery. They regain control over their lives and work towards improving confidence, addressing low self-esteem and negative emotions. This in turn addresses their social isolation and enables them to get back to work and a full life.
To SAFEGUARD the lives of people struggling with eating disorders
To PREVENT an eating disorder from developing and claiming someone’s life
To CARE for the emotional and physical needs of people with eating disorders and their families, friends and colleagues
To ENCOURAGE recovery by equipping people with practical tools and strategies for living life
To TRAIN and RESOURCE individuals and organisations working with people affected by eating disorders
National helpline and email support for you and your family/loved ones
Booked appointments for telephone, video call and online chat support
Medical training through the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
Resources and published literature
Online recovery tools and courses