Beat’s new services in Scotland

12 October 2021

Beat eating disorders

Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, has been allocated funding from the Scottish Government, enabling it to extend its services to people in Scotland.

Dedicated helpline

Scotland now has its own dedicated helpline number and email. Get free telephone or email support for friendly, non-judgmental advice regarding an eating disorder or supporting someone with an eating disorder.

Phone: 0808 801 0432

The helpline is open 365 days a year. Monday to Friday from 9.00 am-midnight, and weekends and bank holidays from 4.00 pm-midnight.

Services for those with an eating disorder or waiting for treatment.

Beat is now able to offer support for those with an eating disorder or disordered eating across Scotland. Please check out the details on its website to see if you meet the criteria and if so, complete the referral form or call our helpline on 0800 801 0432

Bolster – for anyone over the age of 18 with disordered eating who is unable to access treatment.

Motivate – for anyone over the age of 18 with an eating disorder and on the waiting list for treatment.

Learn more about the new services on Beat’s website

Services for Carers in Scotland

Beat now has a range of services and training opportunities for carers:

  • Nexus is a new free telephone coaching service for parents, siblings and partners, and others caring for a loved one who has an eating disorder. Through Nexus, you will be able to connect with a Beat trained adviser every week for 12 weeks. They will provide you with a place to talk through what you’re going through and empower you to help your loved one towards positive change.
  • Solace is a free video-based peer support group hosted weekly over Zoom. It is for anyone supporting somebody with an eating disorder and gives you the opportunity to share your feelings and get support from others in a similar situation. Solace runs over an 8-week period and during this time your Solace facilitator will offer guidance and support whilst working through different ideas and discussion points. You will get the chance to raise any questions you have and where possible, to speak with a Beat ambassador.
  • Developing Dolphins and Coping with Celebrations are free online training courses for anyone caring for someone with an eating disorder. You will find out more about eating disorders and gain understating of the driving forces behind them, as well as learn helpful techniques to help your loved one recover. Both courses are run over a number of sessions on Zoom.
  • As a carer you can also receive a copy of Beat’s carers pack by ordering your free copy. This is full of helpful information, packs have been designed to answer some of the questions you may have about eating disorders, treatment for your loved one, and how to look after yourself. You can order a copy through calling our helpline on 0800 801 0432.

Learn more about services for carers on Beat’s website.

Lived Experience Volunteers

Beat has recently recruited a whole team of volunteers with lived experience in Scotland. They will be delivering presentations to community groups, supporting some of the promotional work for Beat and the new university medical training. If you would like to know more about them or book one for a talk to raise awareness in your community, please fill in the form here.

Finally, Frontline – Beat’s conference specifically for carers is online on November 24 and 25. This is a great opportunity for family members and those working with patients daily to hear from experts by profession and experience and learn new skills to help support those suffering from an eating disorder. You can find out more about the conference and book your place here.

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