Supporting someone with an eating disorder
Common questions about helping support a friend or loved one with an eating disorder.Watch the Student Minds Q&A
Mind: Talking about mental health
Shaista, Dave, Lilith and Olivia talk about their experience of eating problems such as anorexia, restrictive eating, binging and purging.Watch the Mind video
Men Get Eating Disorders Too
Supporting men with eating disorders, carers and families to get their voices heard.Read more about the MaleVoicED charity
Sheffield SU: Students talk about eating disorders
Mental health videos: Seven bulimia facts
Mental health videos: Overweight - eating disorder
TEDx talk: A man's battle with anorexia
Crash Course video: Eating and body dysmorphic disorders
BBC Radio 4 programme: Explaining anorexia
What does recovery from eating disorders look like?
Student Minds: Q and A supporting someone with an eating disorder
- E-therapy for eating disorders: review finds lack of evidence for digital treatment or prevention (National Elf Service article)
- Kings College London eating disorders research group
- Beat: the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight and shape.
Self-compassion can help people that frequently experience shame and self-criticism.
People often need professional treatment to recover from an eating disorder. We would recommend you to contact your GP to get support as soon as you can.
Additional self-help resources
We also have a range of leaflets, presentations and audio files created by staff at the University that may be helpful.
Anytime Advice and Mental Health Helpline for students
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- In-the-moment emotional and counselling support for all University of Plymouth students
- Accessible by phone, email and via LiveCONNECTSM instant messaging
- Information and advice on a range of studying, work, family and personal issues
- Completely independent from the university.
If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.
If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.
For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: