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Changes to support during the Covid-19 outbreak

Please note, that our existing services have mostly been replaced by telephone or video meetings until further notice.

We recognise that with so many people experiencing uncertain times, isolation, loss of income and contact with friends and family, we have a key role to play in helping them manage their mental health and wellbeing. We are doing everything we can to design new services to help as many people as we can.

Please email restored@dorsetmind.uk if you would like to access support for eating related issues and we will do what we can to help you.

If you need urgent or crisis support with your mental health, please follow this link.

Change is possible – choose your journey

About us

Restored at Dorset Mind supports your journey towards recovery from disordered eating.

Our staff provide support to help people to overcome the effects of eating disorders and eating-related issues. Many people continue to experience stigma and self-stigma. We encourage people to talk openly about eating related issues in our safe, accepting and non-judgemental environment.

‘Restored’ work alongside people who are 16+ and experiencing Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder as well as other specified feeding or disordered eating. You do not have to have a diagnosed disorder to use our services.

Our team consists of professionals who have experience of eating disorders, whether direct or indirectly. We provide two pathways to assist you in your recovery, that includes 1-2-1 mentoring and our weekly peer support group. Our services are effective and relatable because they are facilitated by people that have experience of a recovery journey. 

“The service was absolutely incredible, and I am honestly surprised at how much progress I have made. Whilst using the services I never felt alone, silly, or like my problems were too big or small. Restored have been such a big part in my recovery and has given me the right tools to continue to recover and flourish.”

Restored Client, November 2020

Do I Have an Eating Disorder?

People of any gender, age, ethnicity, background or sexual-orientation experience eating disorders. Eating disorders are a way of coping with feelings and experiences that are making you feel unhappy, anxious, numb or depressed. It may be difficult to face up to and talk about, feelings like anger, sadness, guilt, loss or fear. Having an eating disorder is a sign that you need help and support to cope with life and address personal challenges and getting help quickly may help to reduce the overall impact on an individuals life.

Eating disorders are complex which means people’s experiences of them vary and not all signs and symptoms of any condition will be relevant for every person experiencing them. Even if you don’t have these symptoms, it’s important you talk to someone, as getting help quickly can reduce longer-term consequences.

Eating Disorders do not include food allergies, selective eating issues or disorders of the digestive system. However, your GP should be your first point of call to identify or rule out any medical issues including eating disorders.

Support Services

What to Expect?

When you first make contact with Restored, we will book you in for a free 45-minute assessment. In this session, we will discuss what areas of support you need most and which of our pathways will be most suitable for you.

How to book an assessment…

To book your initial assessment with one of our team, please email us at restored@dorsetmind.uk

Our Recovery Group

Our Restored Recovery Group pathway is a peer-support discussion group which helps people gain support from others who are experiencing similar challenges. It’s facilitated by a trained member of staff. The group provides a safe, non-judgemental environment which focuses on different topics each week. They aim to support people to recognise the signs and symptoms of their eating disorder, increase your self-awareness and provide coping mechanisms to help support you in your recovery.

We currently hold this weekly group online, you can find the details here.

*Please note, you will need to book an initial assessment prior to attending Recovery Group so please speak to a member of the team if you would like more information about the Recovery Group.

Mentoring

We also offer a mentoring pathway, which is 1-2-1 support. Our trained mentors will coach you through an 8-week CBT-based programme which helps identify ways to manage your symptoms, build your motivation and help prepare you for change.

Find out more here.

“Thank you so much. This service has changed my life. I was skeptical at the beginning but it’s amazing what 8 sessions can do! Thank you”

Restored Client, November 2020.

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