We aim to empower you to be in control of your recovery through one-to-one professional and group support and inclusion in positive activities.

We can provide help to anyone who is facing difficulty with mood, anxiety or depression, or anyone who’s relationship with their body or food is impacting their life. Referrals are open to all ages, genders and backgrounds and there doesn’t need to be an official mental health or eating disorder diagnosis from a registered health professional to access our services. Referrals can either be for yourself, carer, parents, or professional support worker.

After making a referral, we aim to make contact within 10 workings days.

To continue please use submit a referral using the button below or if your device is unable to connect to our referral form, please click here.

To report any other problems please visit our contact page and speak to someone from our team.

Who shouldn’t have a referral?

Children under the age of 5 are not appropriate for First Steps ED services, or people with feeding problems, such as phobias, fussy eating, PICA or sensory issues.

If you think you or your child may be struggling with something like this then it is recommended that you visit your GP. More information can be found on the NHS website.

Following support from a crisis team, we require 12 weeks from your discharge date before making a referral into our services unless a professional referral is made by Integrated Community Services (ICS).

If you need help for a mental health crisis or emergency, please visit the NHS website, contact your GP or for immediate assistance call 999.

Is your GP aware?

Before you make a referral, or whilst you wait for an initial assessment we advise you to make an appointment with your general practitioner (GP).

Your GP can play an important part in identifying your eating disorder and refer you for treatment to a NHS specialist eating disorder service. If your GP doesn’t refer you, keep trying and ask to see a different GP. What you are feeling is valid so please don’t see this as a sign that you don’t deserve treatment.

Beat has put together their GP Leaflet (First Steps), a resource for anyone visiting the GP for the first time, designed to help someone get a referral from their GP to an eating disorders specialist.

What happens next?

Once you have made your referral the team will aim to get back to you within 10 days where you will be invited to a one-to-one informal discussion.

We will make an assessment and recommend an individualised care plan with you, as well as signposting to other agencies, where appropriate.

You can make a referral now

Referrals can either be made by yourself, by a parent/ carer, or professional support worker.
After making a referral, we aim to make contact within 10 workings days.

Due to a sharp rise in referrals, we continue to prioritise children and young people (under the age of 17 years) and student referrals from universities in England and Wales. Any adult referrals (18 years +) made at this time will be added to our current wait-list and will not be invited to an assessment until September 2021.

MAKE A REFERRAL HERE

You can make a private practice booking with our team

Private practice bookings are £45.

All bookings are made in the strictest confidence and available to anyone who is currently impacted by any eating disorder symptoms – be it an individual sufferer, family member or carer.

MAKE A PRIVATE PRACTICE BOOKING HERE