The Brighton and Hove Eating Disorders Service (BHEDS) launch event took place on 7th October, in central Brighton. For the first time community based peer support groups (BHEDS Peer 2 Peer) are available in Brighton and Hove as part of the new-look service.
BHEDS Peer 2 Peer is a partnership including Men Get Eating Disorders Too, As You Are Centre, Brighton & Hove Carers Centre and Sussex Partnership NHS Trust. The new service offers monthly peer support groups to men, women and carers living in the Brighton and Hove area.
The event was attended by Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavilion),Brian Fitch (Mayor of Brighton & Hove), Colm Donaghy (Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership Foundation NHS Trust) and representatives of the Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group.
Sam Thomas, MGEDT Founder & Director, said: “Until now, little support was available for people affected by eating disorders in Brighton and Hove not engaged with treatment services. Community based services means those isolated and unable to seek support can reach out to others with similar experiences and offer peer support.“
The men’s, women’s and carers peer support groups will be held monthly on a weekday evening, as follows:
•Women’s group: Meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 7.00-8.30pm.
•Carers group: Meets on the third Wednesday of the month, 7.00-8.30pm.
•Men’s group: Meets on the last Wednesday of the month, 7.00-8.30pm.
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.
For information about the service and to RSVP your attendance click here
Dr Renate Pantke (Clinical Ppsychologist of BHEDS), Sam Thomas (MGEDT Founder & Director), Alice (BHEDS Patient) and Caroline Lucas MP