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Beat - Beating Eating Disorders

Who We Are

Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. Our vision is an end to the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. We have been a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by these serious mental illnesses since our founding in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, giving sufferers and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to, supported, and empowered.

A champion

Eating disorders are widely misunderstood and stigmatised illnesses, so we work to change this at every level. We campaign for positive change for people who are suffering so that they can get the help they need and deserve as quickly as possible, because we know that the faster they get treatment, the greater their chance of full recovery. We run and assist with research to learn more about what causes eating disorders and how best to treat them.

A guide

We translate the complex and technical into practical guidance for people affected by eating disorders, both sufferers and their friends and families. We offer awareness training in schools and workplaces, and a HelpFinder service to help people find treatment in their area. We help healthcare professionals to recognise the thoughts and feelings that cause these mental illnesses, rather than focusing on physical symptoms, so that they can provide the best possible care for their patients.

A friend

Eating disorders can be deeply isolating for the people affected by them. Our message boards, online support groups, and regional support services allow people to talk to others with similar experiences, helping them to feel less alone with their eating disorder. We run phone and email helplines 365 days a year for anyone who needs us. Often when people get in touch it’s the first time they’ve voiced their concerns about themselves or a loved one.

Beat receives no government funding, so we rely on the generosity of our supporters to help us continue our important work. If you’d like to get involved, you can find out how to do so here.

Company information

Beat is a charity registered in England and Wales (801343) and Scotland (SC039309). Beat is the identity of the Eating Disorders Association, and became our working name in February 2007. Eating Disorders Association remains our legally registered charity name. Eating Disorders Association is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under number 2368495, with registered offices at Wensum House, Norwich NR1 1DW. VAT Number: 700 285963

Who to contact

Contact Name
Helpline: 0808 801 0677
Youthline: 0808 801 0711
Beat Website

Where to go

Eating Disorders Association, 1 Chalk Hill House, 19
Rosary Road

Other Details


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This service is listed for your information. Its inclusion on the Family Services Directory does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by Lincolnshire County Council. For more information, go to Terms & Conditions

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