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NewsPlaces on charity sessions for adults to help combat eating disorders & disordered eating

Places on charity sessions for adults to help combat eating disorders & disordered eating

 

We’re offering Southampton adults struggling with an eating disorder places on an eight-week spring course to help them (2022).

Sufferers of eating disorders or disordered eating, and those who care for them, are invited to sign-up for the sessions from April 26.

Long waiting lists

Claire Trent, our Service Manager says: “Currently it is understood that one in ten people nationally has an eating disorder and this number is set to rise further with long waiting lists to see NHS Eating Disorder Teams.

“We have decided to join forces with the charity tastelife to run a course to help those that are struggling as well as their friends and family. The course is also suitable for anyone who is currently caring for a person with an eating disorder.

Self-help approach

“The course is non-threatening, educational, and encourages a self-help approach that really works. It is run in the community by people who have lived experience and care about those who struggle with eating disorders. The course uses interactive and motivational methods to explain how people can make changes in small steps towards health and wholeness.

“The sessions cover: living to eat or eating to live, self-image and addiction, emotions and mind matters. They also include resources and self-awareness exercises to do at home.”

Weekly sessions

Sessions run weekly from April 26 until May 14 on Tuesday evenings from 6.45pm to 8.45pm at our headquarters at Shirley Road in Southampton.

We invite attendees to book spaces, there is no barrier to access for this course. However, we ask those who can make a £40 suggested donation to the charity to cover all eight sessions to do so.

Claire adds: “We’re hoping to reach people who may be waiting for the NHS Eating Disorder Team to get in touch or haven’t yet asked for help. The eating issues people struggle with may or may not be diagnosed, but they significantly impact their lives, and we can help.

Easter struggle

“The sessions run just after the Easter period when many struggle with eating in bigger groups with family or friends or find it hard to cope with the advertisements everywhere and the encouragement to overindulge. Places are booking up fast, but we still have capacity to help more people if they would like to join us, and we’d suggest anyone interested gets in touch as soon as they can to secure their place.”

Eating disorders are often a symptom of deeper problems and, while this is not an in-depth course to discover and deal with these underlying issues fully, it goes a long way to equipping participants with real understanding and coping strategies.

Unique approach

“This course’s unique approach brings carers and sufferers together in an accepting environment where change is made possible. It is an experience that offers sufferers and carers a way forward and puts the steering wheel firmly in the hands of the sufferer.”

The course uses interactive and motivational methods to explain how people can make changes in small steps towards health and wholeness.

tastelife is about just that: tasting life. tastelife believes in breaking free from eating disorders and rediscovering life in all its fullness.

Booking essential

Advance bookings are essential and can be made by emailing support@optionswellbeing.co.uk.