2019 East Midlands Mental Health Conference

DON’T MISS OUT AND BOOK OUR EARLY BIRDS TICKETS 4th September at the University of Derby KEY NOTE SPEAKERS Compassionate Focused Therapy Professor Paul Gilbert is the founder of Compassionate Focused Therapy by attending this conference you will have the opportunity to hear directly from the leading author in this field Taking Student Mental Health to

Volunteer Team of the Year

East Midlands Charity 2019 Volunteer Team of the Year Establishing Benchmarks

Supported Self-Care Award by NHS England Integrated Personal Commissioning

Our Supported Self-Care is recognised by NHS England as a model that can be easily adopted by other mental health services and rated by the Integrated Personal Commissioning National Team as truly transforming lives.

Make a Referral

If you feel you would like to access our service you can complete our online referral form.

Ways we can help

Eating Disorders in Student Services

Eating Disorders in Students Service (EDISS) offers various types of on-campus support to students and staff in a number of East Midlands schools, colleges and universities with or without an eating disorder diagnosis.

Skills for Eating Disorder Support

First Steps is an evidence based expert by experience support organisation trusted by individuals, families and the NHS for our training and continued professional development programme

Counselling and Peer Support

At First Steps we employ experienced and qualified Counsellors each working against NHS and NICE standards alongside a cadre of trainee Counsellors on placements from our universities and colleges who work to offer individual sessions either as part of our core funded services or available for private paid support.

1,250,000

1.25 million people are estimated to have a diagnosed eating disorder in the UK, although the true scale of the issue is unknown. First Steps ED is here to help those suffering with eating disorders without the need for a diagnosis.

11%

of all sufferers are male, however these are only estimates and the true figure is unknown

How you can help

Stumble, Support and Strength

A positive approach to recovery is key, and with a progressive attitude you can silence the nagging voice and take control; but don’t expect never to fall again. You are allowed to have a blip, to stumble, to take a step backwards and grapple for a helping hand to find your feet again.

Eating Disorders Multidisciplinary Team

First Steps has been working with Derbyshire Eating Disorders Services (CEDS) since 2011 through the NHS Care Coordinator to keep people at risk of hospitalisation focused on their recovery.

Why we need volunteers

First Steps was originally run by volunteers and so they have always played a very important role in keeping the charity open and able to support people struggling with eating difficulties and disorders.

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Our training and events

  • Body Image Awareness Workshop

    These groups are aimed at giving you more awareness about your body, and your feelings towards it in order for you to feel more comfortable in your own body which will improve both your mental and physical wellbeing. The groups are for individuals aged 13 years plus (no upper age limit) and will be held

  • Young Person’s Recovery & Self-help Group

    The purpose of these groups are to support Young People and give them tools which they can use to help themselves with the recovery process. We always have a variety of topics and we always aim to make our groups fun and stress free. We have some guidelines at our groups to ensure everyone feels

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