Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) has 22 years of experience as a UK national eating disorder organisation.
ABC provides personal advice and support to anyone affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and all kinds of eating distress.
We support sufferers and their family and friends towards full recovery.
Feeling Alone? - Support For Sufferers
Perhaps one of the hardest things to deal with about struggling with an eating disorder is feeling so alone. Eating disorders make people withdraw and spend more and more time on their own, but also they really put pressure on friendships. Its really hard to understand what your friend is going through, and often only the closest friends remain. Plus a lot of socialising involves food one way or another, so that can be very difficult. But worst of all is feeling so terribly alone even when there are lots of people around you - perhaps at a party, or at school/college/work. Somehow an eating disorder makes you feel that no one really understands you - that a large part of your life is in a secret cut-off world that no one else can get into.
If you've ever struggled with feelings of loneliness, we'd like you to know that you are not alone. There are various things that we can do to help you to feel less isolated, but do remember that there are hundreds and thousands of people struggling just like you every day - and that's just in this country! Add to that the thousands who have recovered from an eating disorder and who remember just what it is like to feel the way you do - and you can see that you are not alone at all.
Support For Family and Friends
A major part of the work of ABC is to help parents and all those who care for someone. We can provide advice and support if you fear your child may have an eating disorder, or if they are suffering with one.
Parent & Carer Helpline: 03000 11 12 13 (Option 1)
It is also a place where husbands, wives, partners, friends and family members can receive help and encouragement if they are caring for someone with an eating disorder.
Although often called on by parents of school age children, we know that however old your child is, you are always a parent, and we are here to listen to you and to encourage you during this very difficult period, letting you offload some of the tension and heartache and to get some advice.
Finding out or suspecting that someone you love and care for has an eating disorder is very frightening and worrying. Often parents do not know how to begin to tackle the situation and do not know where to turn to for help or advice. If you are supporting a child, teenager or adult with an eating disorder or if you suspect one, whether you are a mum, a dad, a sibling or relative, or a concerned friend, teacher or professional, do feel free to call and talk it through on the carers' help line, or by email.
Who will I speak to?
Our parent and carers service is run by parents who have themselves been through the experience of watching a child struggle with an eating disorder and then who have seen them go on to recovery. Whilst no two cases are identical. We can offers understanding and the opportunity in confidence to discuss ways of helping your child and the whole family.
Some of the ways ABC can help parents and carers
- Listening from a basis of experience and understanding
- On going support for you on our help-line whenever or as often as you need
- Email support, advice and encouragement
- Advising you how to get help from the NHS
- Helping you if you suspect an eating disorder
- Helping you manage an eating disorder, the practical and the emotional
- Publications and resources
- A Befriending Service offering regular on-going telephone support