General News

Launch event for people with eating disorders

Besi Besemar August 7, 2014

The Brighton and Hove Eating Disorders Peer Support Service (BHEDS Peer 2 Peer) will be holding a launch event on October 7, from 2.30 to 4 p.m. at Community Base in Central Brighton.

Men with Eating Disorders

BHEDS Peer 2 Peer is a partnership including Men Get Eating Disorders Too, As You Are Centre, Brighton and Hove Carers Centre and Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.

The new service offers monthly peer support groups to men and women and their carers living in the Brighton and Hove area where presently there is only limited community-based support available for those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders.

Sam Thomas
Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas, MGEDT Founder and Director, said: “The new partnership will help improve early intervention and improved support for those with eating disorders in the local area. Too often, sufferers and their carers feel unable to seek support due to the barriers faced. By creating safe spaces for those in need, we hope that those affected will not have to suffer in silence or get to crisis point before they seek help.”

Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that affect 1.6 million people in the UK as well as their friends and families.

Sam, added: “Watching the effect of an eating disorder on a loved one can be extremely distressing; it is difficult to know what to do and how to react or where to turn. It is expected the Peer Support Service will address this gap in provision.”

Neil Holmes, Chair of MGEDT, added: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with our local NHS Foundation Trust: Sussex Partnership, who have recognised the importance of having a community-led Peer Support service within the overall treatment and support for people with an eating disorder in Brighton and Hove, and significantly that men are targeted as a specific group alongside women and carers. Targeting these three groups individually is essential. We hope that we can build on these positive developments, with Sussex Partnership, towards an accessible Peer Support service across Sussex for all members of the community.”

Dr Renate Pantke, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, added: “For some years we have been working together with our partners in the NHS commissioning group towards improving services for people with eating disorders. We are delighted that we are seeing this come to fruition in the development of the peer support groups as well as the extended Brighton and Hove Eating Disorder service (BHEDS). BHEDS offers interventions to adults with eating disorders of any level of severity. Our close links with the peer support groups will reduce isolation in those affected by eating disorders and facilitate access to treatment.”

Any individual affected by eating disorders and problem eating over the age of eighteen from the Brighton and Hove area is able to attend the groups. Those wishing to attend are welcome to be part of the Peer Support group whether or not they are currently receiving support such as counselling or other therapies.

The men’s, women’s and carers’ peer support groups will be held monthly on weekday evenings, as follows:

• Women’s group: On the first Tuesday of the month, 7.00-8.30 p.m.

• Carers’ group: On the third Wednesday of the month, 7.00-8.30 p.m.

• Men’s group: On the last Wednesday of the month, 7.00-8.30 p.m.

All the groups will take place at Community Base (South Wing), 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Any professionals and interested community members are welcome to attend the launch event.

For information about the service and to RSVP your attendance to the launch, EMAIL: