NHS Castle Point and Rochford and NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting Eating Disorders Awareness Week which runs from 25 February until 3 March 2019.
The week is run by the charity, Beat. It is designed to bring attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and the fact that they can affect absolutely anyone, no matter what their age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or background might be.
The theme for the week this year is ‘Breaking Down Barriers’. This by nature is a secretive illness, where suffers find it hard to ask for help. It is difficult to speak up and even harder if the person doesn’t meet the stereotype image of a white, middle-class girl. Breaking down these barriers will hopefully help friends, family and teachers spot the signs earlier and make asking for help that bit easier.
During the week, schools, communities and workplaces are invited to take part in ‘Sock it to Eating Disorders’, holding fundraising events to raise funds and encouraging participants to wear their boldest, brightest socks to raise awareness.
Tricia D’Orsi, NHS Castle Point and Rochford and NHS Southend CCG Chief Nurse and Interim Accountable Officer said:
“Eating disorders can affect anyone, no matter who they are or where they come from and can be deeply isolating for the people affected by them. Our support services allow people to talk to others with similar experiences, helping them to feel less alone with their eating disorder. If you have concerns, remember help is available, and always discuss these with a GP.”
The Eating Disorders Service based in south Essex is a service that covers a range of eating difficulties for adults aged 18 and above. The service cannot accept direct referrals from members of the public, so in the first instance people need to book an appointment with their GP to discuss any concerns
The Eating Disorder Service can be reached on 01268 243538 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
For those under 18 North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) provides the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service for children and young people across Southend and Castle Point and Rochford as part of its Essex wide delivery. This service includes a community eating disorder services.
Call 0300 300 1600 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
For any out of hours and weekend Crisis Support Service, please call 0300 555 1201 to be put through to immediate Crisis Support help. This service is for adults only.
Further information on local services can be found by visiting
Advice is also available online from the UK’s eating disorder charity BEAT. Visit https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ to find out more.