Support for Carers

Talking Eating Disorders (TEDs) is a mixed self-help group , as there is very little ongoing support out in the community, we welcome anyone affected by an eating disorder.  A mixed self-help group is one that invites both carers supporting someone with an eating disorder and sufferers of any eating disorder. The group is inclusive to males and females above the age of 16. However our phone service is available to all ages. We meet in a supportive, kind, and empathic manner and provide emotional support and hope for change.

The group allows you to talk amongst those in the same shoes for shared knowledge, empathy and understanding. TEDs can also direct you to other external organisations for further help when needed.

TEDs is a pro-recovery group, with a ‘recovery is possible’ attitude. A variety of people that attend the group bring positivity and hope, such as carers, individuals who have recovered from an eating disorder and individuals who are currently suffering the illness, co-workers, volunteers and a facilitator. The facilitator, Leigh Best, is a trained psychotherapist who originally started a group for carers of people with eating disorders to come and share their worries together, as we understand there is very little support for individuals in this situation.

On the How TEDs Can Help You page in this section, you will be able to read a personal letter written by Leigh, to carers of those suffering with Eating Disorders. We hope you read this letter, take hope and encouragement from it and come away knowing that because of groups Talking Eating Disorders, you do not have to cope with your situation alone.