Statement from SWEDA regarding Coronavirus and COVID-19

SWEDA recognises that the current coronavirus crisis is a worrying time for all but want to restate our commitment to our vision which is to support everyone in Somerset affected by eating disorders. Although we need to change our working practices in line with government guidance, we will still be here for all of our current clients and any new clients who need us.

We recognise that those suffering with eating disorders may be vulnerable physically but may also need support more than ever at this time and we are determined to offer this where we can.

SWEDA has taken the decision to close our premises to face-to-face services from Thursday 19th March to comply with guidance on minimising contact with others. Where possible we will continue to support clients by phone or using online services such as Zoom, SKYPE, FaceTime or WhatsApp.

Any current clients will be contacted shortly by their supporter or counsellor to arrange future support.

If you are a new client, with a booked appointment, we will also be contacting you to decide with you whether you would like to continue with this by phone or online. We can then make arrangements to support you in this way moving forward.

If you have not yet contacted SWEDA but feel you need our help, please get in touch by email or phone and we will let you know what we can offer you.

We will be updating regularly as things develop in order to keep everyone as safe and supported as we possibly can. Let us know what you need and please take care.
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Somerset & Wessex Eating Disorders Association

Having an eating disorder, or supporting someone who has, can be a distressing and bewildering experience. Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) offers a range of services throughout Somerset and the surrounding area. 

Based at Shepton Mallet in Somerset, in the Southwest of England (UK), we provide support to anyone affected by eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, binge eating disorder and all related conditions.

Our services include Counselling Services, a monthly Self help Support Group, Training and Presentations for Health Professionals and GPs, and a College Support Service, working with young people in Secondary Schools and four of the major Colleges in the county.

We are here to support and listen to you, wherever you are on your journey.

Click Here to watch a video called "The Nine Truths About Eating Disorders".     

With kind thanks to World Eating Disorders Action Day for their kind permission to use this video.



“I had consistently been losing weight for more than 8 months and had become accustomed to eating very little. This triggered a return of my anorexia, after a 20-year period of recovery. SWEDA were able to offer me an appointment the very next day. When we met I was feeling very ill and frightened.I spoke to them about my fears, but then took the decision to go to my doctor on the way home. I was admitted to hospital within a few days.”

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