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Eating Disorder Helplines

As we are now into the month of December, I believe we can officially call it ‘holiday season’.  While this time of year might be full of joy and giving for many, for some it can be an especially difficult few weeks.  Eating Disorders present a particular challenge at this time of year because the festive period largely revolves around food; chocolate advent calendars, mulled wine and Christmas dinner, to name but a few.

So, when some research about telephone helplines was published on December 1st it seemed the perfect prompt to post – just scroll to the end of the post for the Eating Disorder helpline numbers.  To cut a long story short, the hyperlinked study explored service user’s, carer’s and professional’s perspectives on the benefits of helplines – and confirmed that, basically, they can be a really useful adjunct to treatment, as well as offering vital support and information while people are on (often very long) waiting lists.

I’m not sure this is exactly news (becausBlogstock girl on phonee, I assume that helplines are funded after being deemed to be able to offer benefit) – but it is always positive to see the use of resources being reviewed, and to see service users being involved in service development.

Perhaps, in time we will also see telephone support as part of individuals’ care packages.  Not that it would replace therapy, or medical appointments, but that it can give us the extra ability to help clients to stay motivated and engaged on their recovery journey.

I have frequently made my clients aware of helplines that are available to them.  However, perhaps this will be an extra reminder to ensure that I do remember to do so with each person who comes through the door.

Below you can find the details of Eating Disorder-specific helplines to enable you to do the same:

b-eat (UK based charity)

Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677

Youthline: 0808 801 0711

Helplines are open 365 days a year: 3pm-10pm

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (UK based charity)

03000 11 12 13

Option 1: Support Line       Option 2: Family and friends

BodyWhys (Ireland based charity)

1890 200 444

Helpline operation hours vary please click ‘bodywhys’ for further details

NEDA Helpline (US based)


Helpline open Monday to Thursday 9am to 9pm and Friday 9am to 5pm ET

Butterfly National Helpline (Australia)

1800 33 4673

Helpline available Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST

If you know of other Eating Disorder helplines, please leave their details in the comments below and I will add them to the list.

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