Beat  <> , the UK’s eating disorder charity, has teamed up with NHS Lothian to deliver both online peer support and a new online resource for parents/carers, thanks to funding from the Technology Enabled Care Grant from the Scottish Government.

One-to-One Email Support

Want to talk to someone who understands your experiences? We’ll pair you with a Beat-trained volunteer befriender who has recovered from their own eating disorder or supported someone through recovery.

What to expect from your befriender:

  • 1—3 emails per week.
  • A listening ear.
  • Encouragement.
  • Signposting to other services that might be helpful during your journey.

Introducing the befrienders:

  • Trained by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity.
  • Individuals aged 18—35 who have recovered from an eating disorder.
  • Parents or carers who have supported a young person aged 12—25 with an eating disorder.

Am I eligible?

  • I provide support to a young person in Scotland with an eating disorder who is aged between 12—25 years old OR
  • I am a young person with an eating disorder in Scotland and I am 14—25 years old.

How to access the support:

Email <>   to register for the service.



Online Resource for Parents/Carers

CARED is aimed at parents and carers whose loved ones have recently began treatment for an eating disorders. It is hoped that this resource can improve confidence and reduce isolation.

What to expect from your CARED:

  • Skills-based video tutorials
  • Links to appropriate resources
  • Tutorials compatible with evidence-based treatment
  • Hints and tips from recovered young people, professionals and other parents and carers

How to access the support:

Visit  <>