Eating disorders are serious mental health problems with high levels of mortality, with peak onset between 16 & 25 years of age.
Evidence shows treatment outcomes are best if the condition is identified and treated at the earliest opportunity, within the first three years of illness.
The South West AHSN is supporting the spread of FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders), an evidence-based, specialist care package for 16 to 25-year-olds with a first episode eating disorder. The South West AHSN is supporting local NHS trusts to bid for funding for this project, and implement it locally.
FREED is being rolled out in sites across the country builds on a successful scheme shown to help 16-25 year olds in London, with one patient describing it as ‘the gold standard’ of care.