Mentoring and Ongoing Support

Disordered eating affects lives in many ways, for some it leads to obesity and associated long term conditions such as diabetes while for others it can result in eating disorders and a feeling of isolation. Through our mentoring programme we train volunteer mentors to answer the cries for help which we receive.

Foundations offers a safe space where all can feel comfortable and find understanding and respect. This is the environment where people feel they can explore their anxieties. The mentors address the underlying psychological and behavioural reasons for unhealthy eating, including emotional poverty, lack of support from parents who themselves suffer from mental health problems, or low self-esteem.

We also offer specialist support for people who do not speak English as a first language. We support clients who are going through a difficult time in their lives with bilingual volunteers who provide support and practical help using a person centred, non-judgemental approach. 

Our mentoring team help people in need of emotional support by giving them the outlet to talk through their problems in a non-judgemental and supportive environment. This gives them the help they need to achieve better mental and physical health.

We help those who are suffering from eating disorders, disordered eating or the lack of self-esteem that accompanies a negative body image while also offering support to parents, friends and teachers.

People who come to us for help often feel marginalised. Many echo the conclusion of the National Inquiry into Self-Harm: "Young people have told us that their experience of asking for help often made their situation worse. Many of them have met with ridicule or hostility from the professionals they have turned to". Others tell us how they have been bullied because of their weight or appearance.

Watch Mary Wood mentoring a participant suffering from disordered eating in the Secret Food Diaries video below:

Secret Food Diaries

"I suppose you won't get emails from children very often but I'm 12 years old and I don't wanna ring anyone because it will be embarrassing... but I think I have an eating problem. I think I'm fat and everytime I look at myself I cry, and recently I've not been eating much. I'm scared, I'm just so upset...Please help."