You are not alone. EDA is here to support you
This current and unprecedented global outbreak of the Coronavirus, is understandably, causing great concern for many people. EDA understand that the times ahead may feel very uncertain right now and this may be provoking a great deal of anxiety for you. While we unfortunately needed to take the decision to postpone all of our face to face support services, please know that we are working hard to try and ensure that we can still provide the much needed support that you may need in the challenging weeks and months ahead. It is with regret that as from Monday 16th March, our face to face support services including our monthly support groups have been suspended until further notice. The health and wellbeing of those using our services are always our priority. This decision could unfortunately not be avoided.
However, EDA recognises that the time ahead will be extremely difficult and we recognise that the current situation has the potential to perpetuate the distress and disturbance already experienced by those with an eating disorder. EDA is committed to ensuring that that those affected by an eating disorder and their families know that they are not alone. We are here to support you.
Our 24 hour Helpline, 028 90 235959, will continue to operate as normal as will our email support service, firstname.lastname@example.org. In an attempt to further our support reach, we have also taken the decision to expand our online support group service. In addition to providing a group for those affected by Binge eating disorder, online group support is now available for those affected by Anorexia, Bulimia and OSFED. EDA are also offering online support groups for parents and carers of those supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. More info on this service as well as details on how to create your free account and register with our online platform can be found here.
The times ahead are uncertain but you are not alone. EDA are here to support you. Ring us, email us or join one of our online support groups. Reach out for support.
Other useful resources and organisations to support you through these difficult times ahead:
BodyWhys - Eating Disorders and Coronavirus
Beat - Eating Disorders and Coronavirus
WHO - Coping With Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Public Health Agency