The youth section of the EDA

The EDA youth team aims to offer help, advice and support to young people who are 18 years of age and under. If you can persuade your son to make contact with the team this could be a first important step towards recovery. The EDA has produced a booklet entitled: Information About Eating Disorders, A Guide For Young People.

It is a very welcoming introduction to the youth section of the EDA and what it has to offer. It explains what eating disorders are and how to get help. It also gives information on a young person's entitlement to confidentiality. Importantly it contains several pictures of young boys acknowledging that boys get eating disorders too!

It also provides details of how to contact the EDA youthline and email service, which is called 'talkback'. The EDA also has a message board where you can just read what others have said or participate by sending your own message. The EDA youthline telephone number is 0845 634 7650 and you can contact talkback on [email protected].

Of course there are other organisations that offer help for young people and your son might find it helpful to contact such organisations as ChildLine or YoungMinds either by phone or on their websites.

ChildLine is a free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call the helpline on 0800 1111 about any problem, at any time - day or night, or look on the website at

YoungMinds is a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people. YoungMinds produces leaflets and booklets to help young people, parents and professionals to understand when a young person feels troubled and where to find help. YoungMinds have recently published a booklet entitled Worried About Eating Disorders? aimed at 11 to 16 year olds. Their website can be found at

uk. The YoungMinds Parents' Information Service (0800 018 2138) provides information and advice for anyone with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person.

Unfortunately joining a self-help group may not be an option for your son if he is under 18 years of age, although some groups will allow 16 and 17 year olds to attend if accompanied by an adult. This could be an older sibling or friend. It doesn't have to be the parent or carer.

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