If you're worried that someon you're close to has an eating disorder, please contact us.
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:
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.
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.
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.
We can get you an immediate assessment and decide which treatment option would be best for your loved one.
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