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New forum supports Great Yarmouth and Waveney families affected by eating disorders

A new parents and carers forum in Lowestoft is providing specialist advice and support to families affected by eating disorders.

The forum was set up by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's Great Yarmouth and Waveney Community Eating Disorders Service to enable parents and carers to meet regularly and discuss the issues that concern them.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Lydia Goodrum, who organises the forum, said: "When it comes to helping children with eating disorders, parents and carers are a vital part of the solution.

"By listening to them, we can shape our services according to their needs and equip them to help their children. All the evidence suggests that we can achieve great results by working collaboratively."

The monthly forum includes a regular presentation from a health professional to inform parents and carers about medical and psychological issues related to eating disorders. Guest speakers have included a clinical psychologist, a specialist cognitive behavioural therapist and an occupational therapist.

Jo Waters joined the forum after her 13-year-old daughter received care and treatment for anorexia from the Community Eating Disorders Service.

Jo said: "The parents' forum is fantastic for gaining tips, listening to other people's strategies for their children and simply making you feel less alone in the fight against your child's anorexic voice. It offers communication tools, emotional support and just some familiar friendly faces that are going through as tough a time as you are."

The Parents and Carers Forum meets on the last Wednesday of each month, 6.30-8pm, at Boston Lodge, Lowestoft. Parents and carers can choose whether to attend regularly or on a drop-in basis.

The forum is run by Lydia Goodrum and occupational therapist, Claire Moran. For further information, please email