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
NHS Choices: Eating disorders
Mind resource: Eating problems
Royal College of Psychiatrists: Eating disorders
Beat: Eating Disorder Charity
Beat: Guide to understanding eating disorders
Student Minds blog: anorexia myth busting
Blog: Experience of an eating disorder
Life works: Guide to UK free eating disorders helplines
Supporting men with eating disorders
If you are a male student with eating or food related issues you'd like support with, why not drop in to our monthly peer support group?
Where: Wellbeing Centre (blue door), Endsleigh Place.
When: 17:00 – 18:00, every last Thursday of the month.
This service is currently unavailable but will return at a later date.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MaleVoicED is a charity which supports men with eating disorders, carers and families to get their voices heard.
- MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults. Learn about eating disorders through this free training.
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.
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: