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Beat – Beating eating disorders

Eating disorders?

Beat – the UK’s leading eating disorder charity – has launched weekly live chats for young people aged under 25 offering support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transvestite and transsexual (LGBTT) individuals and the black and minority ethnic community (BME).

Over 1.6 million men and women of all ages and backgrounds in the UK are affected by eating disorders and they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Beat already runs live chats for young people, adults and carers as well as themed chats on particular topics, but this is the first time chats have been specifically aimed at the LGBTT and BME communities.
“Young people from these communities tell us they face several challenges in their lives and to be able to have support in managing their recovery from an eating disorder is much needed. The chance to talk online in a safe environment can be a really useful and positive experience and allows individuals to talk to others in a similar situation and share online in a safe environment. The sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the more likely they are to make a full recovery.” said Beat’s Head of Services Nina DuFeu.
The Live chat is facilitated by an experienced Beat moderator who checks everything that is posted before it is shared.
The live chat for BME and LGBTT young people, which is funded by Comic Relief, takes place every Tuesday 6.45–8pm. To take part, register on the Beat website the day before so the registration can be approved