First Steps ED delivers specialist eating disorders support for students (EDISS) at universities in England and Wales with funding from Student Space (in partnership with Student Minds) and offers a specialised and person-centred approach to eating disorders within the academic environment. EDISS allows students to find the right support channel for them, with the flexibility to trial our services and change frequently, and find something which works around their schedule.
Following referral and assessment service users are able to access a range of support including:
- Peer support
- Recovery and Self-Help Groups
- Online Befriending
- Volunteering opportunities
Our one-to-one support offers a safe environment to discuss and work through areas such as body image, relationship to food and exercise and coping with stress. Similar is our recovery groups which allow for an open and supportive environment to discuss shared challenges, as well as providing a space to develop alternative coping mechanisms, establish a better relationship with self and reflect on life.
We also offer support to members of staff working in our college and university partners, as well as alumni students (up to 3 years following completion of their degree.) Not forgetting our CPD accredited training opportunities for professionals ‘Skills for Eating Disorder Support‘ which is available throughout the year via our dedicated Eventbrite page.
Our EDISS service is directly commissioned by a growing number of schools, colleges and universities providing a dedicated support service available to students and the support staff and teachers and lecturers. To bring EDISS to your school, college or university please submit your enquiry to email@example.com