In September 2015 First Steps received funding from Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver support to students suffering with mild-moderate eating difficulties at Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. This service is called Eating Disorders in Students Service (EDISS) and offers various types of support to all students and staff, with or without an eating disorder diagnosis.


First Steps are proud to offer the only specialist eating disorder services within our partner universities in the form of EDISS; it’s a unique and specialised approach to eating disorders within the academic environment. Another unique aspect to EDISS is that some members of staff and volunteers have had the personal experience of suffering with an eating disorder, meaning that we can offer additional support where others may fall short.

EDISS offers the following services:

  • Peer support
  • Counselling
  • Recovery and Self-Help Groups
  • Online Befriending
  • Drop-in support
  • Volunteering opportunities

EDISS services will continue for students and staff outside of term-time, but please note this will be on a limited basis. Online support will continue as normal, as well as Skype sessions offered to those that return home during the holidays. Self-help groups will also run on a limited basis, in particular, there will not be any groups over the Christmas or Easter period. Drop-in clinics will be held during term-time only.

EDISS allows for service users to access more than one service at any one time, as well as the choice of changing method of support if for any reason student feels they are not gaining any benefits.

We offer support to members of staff from both universities as well as any alumni students of up to 3 years following completion of degree. In the case of supporting members of staff, EDISS will assess each case on an individual basis.

To refer to EDISS, please complete our online self-referral form, email [email protected] or call us on 01332 367571.