Patient Resources 

Tools

Apps

There are literally thousands of apps designed to support our health and wellbeing, but it can be difficult to know which ones are worth investing your time and money in. We have teamed up with ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) to help with this. ORCHA carry out independent and impartial reviews of each app. If you go to their website and type in the problem/difficulty you would like support with, and select your mobile platform, it will then list the available apps for you. They all have additional information about them and a percentage score. 

One particular app which some of our service users find helpful is Recovery Record. Recovery Record allows you to monitor behaviours, thought and feelings, to use more healthy coping skills to challenge and change some of your behaviours, and to set up reminders for things like mealtimes. 

Books

Books can be an easily available way to access self-help treatment, techniques to improve areas such as body image, and to learn more about the eating disorder. Our service runs a Books on Prescription scheme in which certain books can be leant free of charge, or the books can also be purchased from many retailers. The books we offer in our Books on Prescription scheme include:

Anorexia

Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa – Christopher Freeman
Anorexia Nervosa: A Survival Guide for Families, Friends and Sufferers – Treasure & Schmidt
Hunger for Understanding: A Workbook for Helping Young People to Understand and Overcome Anorexia Nervosa - Eivors

Binge Eating

Compassionate Mind Approach to Beating Overeating – Ken Goss
Overcoming Bulimia and Binge Eating – Christopher Fairburn
Getting Better Bit(e) by Bit(e): A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders – Treasure & Schmidt

Body Image

The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks – Thomas Cash
Banish Your Body Image Thief (Gremlin and Thief CBT Workbooks) – Collins-Donnelly

Bulimia

Overcoming Bulimia and Binge Eating – Christopher Fairburn
Getting Better Bit(e) by Bit(e): A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders – Treasure & Schmidt
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia – Astrachan-Fletcher & Maslar

Websites

The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) provides online resources to help with problems such as body dysmorphia and depression. The resources are not a substitute for treatment, but can be helpful self-help tools.  

Beat are the UK’s leading eating disorder charity. They run a helpline for anyone affected by eating disorders, email and social media support. They also run daily online support groups for both people with an eating disorder or who are struggling with their eating, and their loved ones. These groups are moderated by a helpline advisor to ensure that they are both safe and pro-recovery. Beat also have a number of resources on their website including recovery information such as how to tell someone you have an eating disorder, and what to do when worried about someone.  

Men Get Eating Disorders Too is a charity run by and for men with eating disorders, and their loved ones. They provide both face to face and online support groups, and their website includes resources such as stories of men who are recovering from an eating disorder.  

Tabitha Farrar is the author of “Love Fat”, an educational memoir of recovery from an eating disorder and a recovery coach who has herself recovered from an eating disorder. She writes blog posts and creates podcasts which address issues such as the difficulties with refeeding and set weights  

Crisis Management

If you are concerned about the immediate safety of yourself or another individual, then we recommend that you seek medical assistance either from 111 (non-emergency medical line) or through 999. If you are able to, you could also take yourself or the other person to A&E. 

If you would like someone to speak to and to help support you over the phone, the Samaritans provide a free listening service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you can call them on 116123 or email jo@samaritans.org.uk.

Similarly, Childline provide information and advice, online and over the phone, 24 hours a day. They can be called for free on 0800 1111.  


 

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