My suggestions - supporting
someone with an eating disorder
- Always remember an eating disorder is an illness that may need professional help. Just try your best to be there for them. Give them a call, text, or go and see them. This made a world of difference in my journey as I still knew there were people there for me who weren’t distancing themselves.
- Be there to listen to the person. If they trust you they may find the courage to open up to you which can be crucial in the journey as they need to express their fears or problems.
- Ask them to seek help, whether this is through the GP, a school nurse or an adult they trust. Understand that this is a huge and daunting task to be asking so prepare yourself for a snappy reply! Also, offer to go to any appointments they may have. Having this support at a scary time can mean so much.
- Be open! You want the sufferer to be open to you so you have to be open with them as well. Don’t be frightened to explain your worries to them; in the end this could be the prompt they need themselves to open up to you!
- Always be positive! Positivity can be infectious. Smile, laugh and socialise with them!
- Always be there for them. This is the last suggestion I can give you, and an important one for me; every day tell the sufferer you will always be there for them and you are proud of them. These were the quotes that kept me going through my battle and still keep me going today!