Parent and Carer's Online Community
A warm welcome!
We are glad you are here. We understand just how hard the journey of supporting a child or loved one through an eating disorder is. We also know that sharing thoughts, ideas and challenges with those in a similar position can be helpful, empowering and a positive way to discover new coping mechanisms. That's why this community exists.
This online community has been created to help and support you if you know someone who is battling an eating disorder. Through this platform, you can share your feelings and experiences and give and gain support and encouragement from others in similar situations.
To join this confidential community
Please read the rules (click top right-hand button 'Welcome and Forum Rules') and register your membership. Thanks to Lottery funding this community is currently free, but donations will enable us to keep it running. If you would like to contact us, please use the 'contact administrator' button on the home page.
How to post
To add a post please go to the relevant category and click the 'make a post' button and once you are happy with it click 'submit'. Your post will then appear on the online community for others to respond to in their own time.
Share the good news
There can be challenging and exhausting times, but there are more positive times as well. To celebrate the good times and to give hope to others you are invited to share your good news stories alongside an image. Please send them using the link button at the bottom of each posts' page. We have been very lucky to have the picture of Becky Scholey and her sister and we are sure there are more good news stories.
Other help and support
Book an appointment with our parent representatives on the helpline
We now offer booked calls (30 mins) with our support team. You can choose a telephone or video call, or an online chat, and the team can offer support for parents, carers, partners and family members or friends of a loved one you are concerned about. Our helpline opening hours are Wednesdays to Fridays 9am-5pm. Find out more here
Our online course "First Steps to Recovery" is an interactive resource designed to help your loved one to consider what recovery looks like for them. It is also a useful introduction for those supporting a child or loved one helping them to understand the recovery process and what to expect at different stages. Based on the psychological theory of change, the resource includes film clips, downloadable materials, goal setting activities and suggestions from those who have recovered. Just £15 (bursaries also available).
Please see the files listed under health facts - support for you and your family in these changing times.
FREE Guide to Coping with an Eating Disorder during Coronavirus.
Our support and office teams have compiled their top tips and guidance on managing an eating disorder during lockdown and beyond. Includes suggestions and practical tips for parents and carers too.
Which organisation has offered you the most effective support
“It really helps to have somewhere to share my feelings and thoughts. Hearing from other carers offers me hope.”