Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Information for family and friends
When one of your siblings becomes unwell with an eating disorder it can be a very worrying and confusing time. You may find that you are experiencing lots of different feelings all at once, but remember that you are not alone!
It is normal for your feelings to differ from day to day and to experience lots of different emotions. Remember that you may also have your own difficulties or worries and that it is OK for you to find the situation hard.
Below are some common feelings reported by siblings;
Remember: You’re already doing a great job by finding out how to support your brother or sister, it shows that you care! The most important thing is to be there for them and remind them that you care about them.
If you need more help and support you can access support by visiting BEAT or telephoning the BEAT youth helpline on 0345 634 7650.
Last updated: 12 March, 2019