Ways we can help

Make a Referral

If you feel you would like to access our mental health and specialist eating disorder services, or referring someone else, please complete our online referral form. We are accepting face to face or virtual initial assessments and if you choose to see us in person we would ask you to follow our Covid-Secure rules. If your feeling unwell please stay at home, and access our services via our secure video consultation service.

Comedy for Coping

This 6-week course to understanding your mental health recovery equips participants with personal skills, meaning the skills learnt will last long after the course has finished. The workshops are one hour per week plus homework. It is being delivered over video group and is fully funded for 14 to 25 year olds living or working in Derbyshire during January and February 2021. The aim of the course is to teach stand-up as a hobby by introducing humour as a positive and lasting coping mechanism.

Counselling and Psychotherapy

At First Steps ED we employ experienced and qualified Counsellors and Psychotherapists who offer sessions face to face and via video consultation either as part of our funded services or available for private paid support.


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.


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.

NHS and VCSE Multidisciplinary Team

First Steps has been working with NHS Adults and CAMHS Community Eating Disorders Services (CEDS) teams since 2011 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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