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Eating Disorders

Recovery Devon

At Recovery Devon we believe that with the right support and help people with mental health issues can and do recover and live meaningful and purposeful lives of their own choosing. Since 2003 we have actively promoted this idea and sought to put recovery and wellbeing at the heart of mental health provision. Recovery is a deeply personal process with no "one size fits all." Our recovery values of Hope, Choice, and Opportunity steer our activity, guided by what people need, rather than imposing a structure. Our services are free. Donations are appreciated.


Our current activities include:

  • Pop-ups, drop-ins, and workshops at cafes and community spaces where people can chat informally about their mental health,

  • Recovery training for health, social care, and third sector groups, Supporting statutory services on research and engagement with people with lived experience of mental illness,

  • Open events and talks to which all are invited, Opportunities to create recovery resources e.g., podcasts, videos, writing, and art,

  • An annual Recovery Development Fund: small, easy-to-apply funding pots designed for people whose lived experience has given them an idea about how to make a difference

  • Creating and distributing anthologies of recovery stories

Recovery Devon have 4 part-time staff, working from home in North Devon, East Devon, South Hams, and Teignbridge.

We aim to offer our support to groups and individuals across all of Devon (excluding Plymouth, which is subject to different funding.)



0808 801 0677 for the Helpline

0808 801 0811 for the Student line

0808 801 0711 for the Youth line

If you call our Helpline you will speak to a trained support worker experienced in listening and talking to people in a similar situation to you. We know it can be difficult to reach out for help and talk about what you are feeling and going through, but we aim to provide a supportive, non-judgemental space.


You don’t need a formal diagnosis to use our Helpline. We have a range of downloadable material on our website filled with self-help techniques. Our eating disorder Helpline support workers are trained to offer a supportive space for you to explore your feelings and thoughts around eating disorders and provide information about eating disorders. When we do not have the information that someone is looking for, we might be able to give you some ideas about who might be able to help. We can support with exploring options for help with eating disorders and​ to enable you to come to your own decisions about what might be best for you. This might include NHS treatment, private therapy, support from charitable organisations, peer support or self-help.

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