It’s Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and figures show that 1.25 million people are suffering from eating disorders. Alongside them are their amazing networks of people supporting them, so we want to dedicate this blog to you, the supporter, to give you a helping hand and guide you through what you can do for them and for yourself.
If you’re worried that someone might have an eating disorder, then it’s important that you encourage them to seek professional support. The quicker the intervention, the higher success rate of recovery.
Recovery is not linear and it looks different for everyone. Your role is not to treat them, but to support them as a friend, family member or as a loved one. Remember, you also need to look after yourself. There is some great information on the Beat website here about looking after yourself while supporting another.
Here are some top tips taken from Beat:
There is a comprehensive list of charities and organisations that help carers and supporters here.
If you are concerned about a friend at university you are encouraged to contact Student Advisory and Wellbeing where they can follow up on your concern to help the student with the support they need. They are located in Founder’s West, or can be contacted via email or telephone: 01784443395.
The Advice Centre is a free and independent service for all students here at Royal Holloway, based on the first floor of the Students' Union building. Our friendly, experienced and professional staff will provide a listening ear and offer general and specialist advice. We’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if we’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, we’ll ensure we point you in the right direction to the relevant support.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
Pop along to the Union Helpdesk on the first floor of the Students' Union.
Alternatively, you can call the Helpdesk on 01784 276700.
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