First Steps delivers our specialist eating disorder in student services (EDISS) within our partner universities and colleges across the East Midlands.

It’s a unique and specialised approach to eating disorders within the academic environment. Another unique aspect to EDISS is that our members of staff and volunteers have had the personal experience of suffering with an eating disorder whilst studying at university, meaning that our EDISS model not only offers additional support where others may fall short, but has been designed by student alumni with lived experience.

EDISS offers the following services:

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

EDISS services 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 video consultations, and chatbot digital triage service 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 periods. 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 also offer support to members of staff working in our university partners 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.

Support for university staff and employees also includes training in eating disorders where we are able to offer our CPD accredited Skills for Professionals training course, and on request contribute to student lectures.

To refer to EDISS, please complete our online self-referral form, email [email protected] alternatively book through your campus Student Service