The Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust works with young people (up to 18 years old) across South East London with a range of eating disorders and difficulties. One eating disorder they are particularly eager to raise awareness of is Bulimia Nervosa, which is an eating disorder characterised by a cycle of bingeing and then compensation (which can be through self-induced vomiting, laxative use, fasting or over-exercising).
Bulimia affects a large number of people in the UK and most frequently starts in the teenage years. From focus groups with young people, they have discovered that young people often do not know what bulimia is and many do not know where to turn for support if they do experience it. They also let them know that they felt there was still stigma around these difficulties in a lot of cases. Young people suggested that it was important for them to be providing information to extra-curricular groups (such as sports and youth groups) to ensure messages about seeking support could be shared when appropriate.
If you have any concerns around a young person’s eating, please feel free to call our enquiry and referral line for advice on:
0203 228 2545 Monday to Friday 9am-6pm
Young people and parents can also use this number to call directly if they prefer. All young people aged up to 18 years old who are registered with a GP in Southwark, Lewisham, Lambeth, Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon are able to access support from the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Young people / parents / professionals can also use this new online referral website. You can register a direct referral to the service on this website. Once submitted, this online form will be securely sent to our team. The referral will be screened by a clinician within one working day. For all accepted referrals they aim to offer a first appointment within 28 days.
For further information www.national.slam.nhs.uk/services/camhs/camhs-eatingdisorders/
They have also developed a range of free resources in collaboration with young people. These include workshops with young people and staff training sessions. Resources outline details of what bulimia is (including warning signs to watch out for) as well as information on different routes to access support (including our direct -referral route). Workshops and training sessions also offer the opportunity to ask any questions about eating disorders and the work our service does.
If you have any further enquiries, are interested in booking in a workshop/staff training session please do get in touch.
Phoebe Mansfield – CAMHS Practitioner email firstname.lastname@example.org