Support for carers

Carers group

Friends and family members often find that living with someone experiencing an eating disorder very challenging. We also know that it is friends and family who provide invaluable support to those suffering from an eating disorder. We feel that involving family and friends in the treatment that their loved one is receiving can be helpful, and we endeavour to encourage such involvement where possible.

Of course, we respect confidentiality but we also understand that you may have things you want to share with us, and are happy to talk to you either face to face or on the phone. We are also willing to receive communication via email or letter.

If your own health is suffering as a carer you are entitled to a Carers Assessment. This is not to assess your ability to care, but to think with you about what can be done to help you. A Carers Assessment can be a chance to discuss what help you need to help you maintain your own health and to balance caring with other aspects of your life. You can also register as a carer at your GP surgery and we are happy to provide you with a form to enable you to do so.

As a carer you're welcome to attend our monthly drop-in support group (download our 2017 and 2018 timetables). There's no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.

The group alternates between being held in Farnham and Epsom and is facilitated by staff members of the eating disorders service, usually a combination of dieticians, occupational therapists, specialist nurses and clinical psychologists.

The group aims to:

  • Provide specialist support and advice about caring for someone with an eating disorder
  • Provide useful information and resources about eating disorders
  • Allow for a supportive space for sharing of experiences.

Self help resources for family members and carers

  • Waller, G. et al. (2010). Beating Your Eating Disorder: A cognitive-behavioural self-help guide for adult sufferers and their carers.
    Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, G. (2004). Anorexia and bulimia in the family: One parent’s practical guide to recovery. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Treasure, J. (1997). Anorexia nervosa: A survival guide for families, friends and sufferers. Hove: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Treasure, J. Smith, G., & Crane, A. (2007). Skills-based learning for caring for a loved one with an eating disorder: The new Maudsley method. London & New York: Routledge.
  • Useful website: for information on eating disorders and sources of support.