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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Children & Young People Mental Health Support

How can I help myself?


Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses.Anyone, no matter what their age, gender or background can develop one. Some examples of eating disorders include Bulimia, Binge eating and Anorexia.There is no single cause and people might not have all symptoms for any one eating disorder.


Eating disorders can be a way of coping with feelings or situations that are making the person unhappy, angry,depressed, stressed or anxious.

Local help

Personalised Eating Disorder Support (PEDs) A specialist eating disorder charity based in Peterborough, supporting individuals locally and around the country and further afield via our Skype and email services.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust run the Eating Disorder Service locally. Most people will be seen as outpatients, with a small number requiring a hospital stay. To access support for an eating disorder, please visit your GP.


BEAT has lots of information that you may find useful if you think you or someone you know has an eating disorder..They have a helpline which is open 12 noon-8 pm during the week and 4 pm-9 pm on weekends and bank holidays.

It is free to call on 0808 801 0677 or you can email help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk



 Eating disorders and Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time for people with eating disorders and their loved ones. ‘Coping with Christmas’ is a one-day training course to equip you with skills to support someone, so they feel more in control and less overwhelmed,and you are able to enjoy your day together.

The course will help you think about:
• How to collaboratively plan with your loved one • Hopes and fears about Christmas
• How to identify potential triggers • How to plan and test meals
• Preparing for New Year • And much more.

Coping with Christmas is suitable for parents, partners, other family
members and friends supporting someone with an eating disorder at
Christmas, and will run at locations across the country from 23 November.
To find out more, visit beateatingdisorders.org.uk/coping-with-christmas.
Developed by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity.

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