Health professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are encouraging people concerned about their eating habits or those of someone they know to contact them for support.
Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses affecting 725,000 men and women of all ages and backgrounds in the UK. The Eating Disorder Service at Lancashire Care provides help and support to adults aged 16 years and over who are living with an eating disorder. The team provides help in many forms including supported eating, psychological therapy and help with managing physical health issues associated with an eating disorder. The service also offers support for people caring for someone living with an eating disorder in the form of peer support groups as well as directly with members of the team.
Shelley French, Eating Disorder Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust explains why it’s important for people to seek help both for someone living with an eating disorder and for those who will be supporting that person:
“When someone has any type of mental health illness it can be a confusing time for both the individual affected but also their carers and friends and family. Stigma plays a massive role in how long people may take to access the help and support they need. However it is important that when you start to become concerned about your own health or that of a loved one contact is made as soon as possible with services who can provide the correct care and treatment required.
“Our teams are made up of GPs, nurses, clinical psychologists and dieticians who can provide a rounded package of care for our service users. When people refer into our service we create a tailor made treatment package to help them in their recovery, as well as providing support and information for people who may be assisting the individual.”
For more information about the Eating Disorder Service and to find out about your local team please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/eating-disorders.