You don’t have to struggle with an eating disorder on your own. There are services that exist specifically to provide support for people living with eating disorders in each state and Australia-wide, including services for talking to someone right now.
Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) and Lifeline (13 11 14) have trained counsellors available 24/7 if you want to contact someone immediately.
Butterfly’s National Support Line, 1800 ED HOPE, provides confidential support for:
The Butterfly Foundation’s counsellors are professionally trained, compassionate and experienced in discussing eating disorders. Butterfly provides personalised coping strategies and support, and information to help increase your understanding of your, or your loved one’s, illness. They also offer guidance on treatment options and connections with other services and specialists.
Support services (available Monday–Friday):
Telephone: 1800 33 4673 (8 am – 9 pm)
Text-based chat via the website (8 am – 9 pm) or
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
The National Eating Disorder Collaboration is a great resource for up-to-date information and research on eating disorders. It also provides a list of state-by-state treatment services for inpatient, outpatient and community support programs in their ‘Services and Support Organisations’ section.
Eating Disorders Victoria is a state-based source of support, information, community education and advocacy in Victoria for people with eating disorders and their families.
As well as their free-to-call national Support Line, 1800 EDHOPE, The Butterfly Foundation also provides eating disorder recovery support groups and carer support groups in Crows Nest and Bondi, and face-to-face low-cost counselling at Butterfly House in Crows Nest.
Address: 103 Alexander Street, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Support services (available Monday–Friday, 8 am – 9 pm AEST):
Telephone: 1800 33 4673 or
The Eating Disorders Association Inc. (Qld) provides information, referral services and support for eating disorders in the state of Queensland.
The Eating Issues Centre work with people over age 17 with serious eating issues such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive eating.
EDASA provides information, workshops for community professionals, and support groups for people experiencing an eating disorder and for their carers in South Australia.
Address: Unley Annexe, PO Box 556, Unley SA 5061
Through its PACE service, Centacare supports individuals living with panic, anxiety, obsessive compulsive and eating disorders, and those that support them.
Women’s Health Works provides women with a range of education, information and support for eating disorders, including self-help groups for people experiencing an eating disorder.
TRED provides information and support groups for people experiencing an eating disorder in Tasmania.