We encourage that you talk with your loved one to see if they recognise or understand their eating behaviours.



If you're worried that someon you're close to has an eating disorder, please contact us.


First Steps

It can be frightening to bring up the subject, especially if it is the first time you express these concerns to them. However, the first step to recovery takes courage and openness. At The Bridge we aim to help patients develop a positive mental and physical well being, and become resilient to challenges. We encourage young people to develop a healthy relationship to food, their body and their mind.

It may be useful to work through this checklist with them, even if you are unsure of the answers.

Do you find that your loved one:

If you said 'yes' to one or more, give our knowledgeable and approachable team a call on 0161 820 8010, or fill out our short enquiry form.



Having an open conversation

It is usual for children and young people to deny their behaviour, usually due to feelings of guilt or embarrassment. Denial could also stem from a genuine lack of self-awareness and misguided body perception. Keeping calm, empathetic and open minded during these conversations with your loved one is crucial for the first step of recovery and seeking help.

When your loved one is ready to ask for support, it is crucial to act quickly and get professional help immediately without having to go on a waiting list. Eating disorders are best treated when intervention is as early as possible. At The Bridge, we provide patients with immediate access to a multidisciplinary, patient-centred service.

What to do in a crisis

How do I know if a loved one is in a crisis?

A crisis is when physical or mental health puts someone at a serious risk of harm.

For our services we deem a serious risk of harm to include a BMI under 14.5, no food intake for more than a week or an attempt at suicide in the last month.

REMEMBER: IT IS ALWAYS OKAY TO ASK FOR HELP

What to do if a loved one is in a crisis?

If you don’t feel like a loved one can keep themself safe at this moment in time, SEEK IMMEDIATE HELP.

What help to get in a crisis?

The Bridge Service does not provide people with services where there is an immediate risk of significant harm.

If you need to speak to someone immediately because someone you know is at risk of significant harm, please contact:

If a loved one is not at a significant risk of immediate harm we can work with him or her.

How do I contact you?

We can get you an immediate assessment and decide which treatment option would be best for your loved one.

Book a visit, or give us a call on 0161 820 8010

Alternatively, fill in our short enquiry form and we'll be in touch.

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Our promises

We make the following six promises to all our patients.

Our values

Holistic and patient centred

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We believe in continuously providing holistic, patient-centred treatments which promote physical and mental wellbeing to increase resilience. The needs and wellbeing of patients is at the centre of everything we do. We are passionate about helping people and their families achieve their goals by providing them with patient-centred therapy that is passionate, caring and knowledgeable. We are passionate about sharing our knowledge to help educate patients, families and the wider public about eating disorders.

Results based

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We believe in providing patients with evidence-based treatments to enable recovery of their eating disorder. We are committed to providing results-focused practice to ensure we deliver patients with the goals they want to achieve. Importantly, we believe results are best achieved with an educative approach and we work with our patients to achieve their goals together. We also believe that follow up after treatment is essential to ensure patients’ needs are being met and that their results are maximised.

Promoting physical and mental wellbeing

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We believe in helping patients develop a healthy relationship to food, and their body. Our service enables patients to set their own feeding goals in order to achieve a healthy weight and independently manage meals. We are passionate about helping patients’ understanding of disordered eating, and promoting mental wellness in order to tackle the behaviour.

Accessible and approachable

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We believe our services should be approachable and accessible. We give people the best chances of recovery by providing them with early access to assessments and interventions that are provided by approachable staff in an outpatient setting.

Immediate access to a specialist team

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We believe to maximise people’s recovery we should provide them with immediate access and to our specialist multidisciplinary team of professionals that will work with them holistically to achieve the best possible results for patients and families.

Affordable service

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We believe that anyone should be able to access immediate treatment for an eating disorder, regardless of their financial situation. Our treatment is priced as a total care package that is agreed with each client, tailored to the individual with a flexible pricing policy. We believe in offering finance to people who may benefit from this.