Supportive resources


Virtual Hopebox (free)

NHS app for mental health and wellbeing. It uses principles of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).

Distraction techniques, inspirational quotes, relaxation techniques and coping tools.

Headspace (monthly subscription)


Monthly fee- but free trial and free with Spotify Premium for students.


Meditation, improve sleep and reduce anxiety.

Free to download, however costs associated with a subscription service for some elements of the app.

Smiling Minds (free)

Mindfulness and meditation app.

Recommended books

Recovered voice (16+ years)

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni Schaefer

Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life by Jenni Schaefer


General mental health:

Connection: A 24/7 helpline for Dorset residents or visitors in mental health crisis: 0800 6520190.

Samaritans: 24/7 helpline offering phone, email, letter or app support. Call on: 116 123 or visit

SHOUT: Mental health text support line open 24/7 Text 'SHOUT' to 85258.

Eating disorder specific:

Eating disorder helplines open 365 days a year, 9am-8pm weekdays and 4pm-8pm weekends and bank holidays.

Students: 0808 801 0811 or email

Young people (under 18): 0808 801 0711 or email

Online 1:1 web chat:

Information for young people