The UK's leading eating disorder charity, Beat, has
launched weekly live chats for LGBT young people under 25 years
This is the first time Beat has aimed this kind of support
directly at the LGBT community. They already run chats for young
people, adults and carers, and are also introducing chat for young
people from black and other ethnic mionority communities.
Beat's Head of Services Nina DuFeu said: "Young people from these
communities tell us they face several challenges in their lives and
to be able to have support in managing their recovery from an
eating disorder is much needed.
"The chance to talk online in a safe environment can be a really
useful and positive experience and allows individuals to talk to
others in a similar situation and share online in a safe
environment. The sooner someone gets the treatment they need, the
more likely they are to make a full recovery."
There over 1.6 million people from all backgrounds affected by
eating disorders in the UK. They have the highest mortality rate of
any mental illness.
These Comic Relief funded live chats for LGBT and BME people is
facilitated by an experienced Beat moderator who monitors every
post before it is shared. It takes place every Tuesday
To take part, register on the Beat website the day before so the
registration can be approved by Beat.