Tips for Tutors
Supporting someone with an eating disorders
- Stay appropriate to your role with your professional boundaries
- Signpost people to professional help ( Med centre, Dentist, Counsellor,
Student welfare, use of nightline, Samaritans, local organisations
- Be honest, talk to the student in private about your concerns
- Do not try to fix it listen to what they have to say
- Ask what help they need for academic purposes extensions, mitigating
circumstances, time out, extra tutorials
- Deliver what you promise
- If you need to involve senior staff talk to the student about this
invite them to come to the meeting with you and talk about the difficulties
- maintain confidentiality do not talk to their friends without their
- Find appropriate support for yourself and your feelings and thoughts;
do not feel ashamed to ask to talk.
- Work with a house mate and friend in the same way what are their
worries and concerns, suggest they talk to a counsellor about how they
feel meet with them and the student concerned and draw an action plan
together ask SWEDA to support you in this.
- If you have medical and fitness concerns tell the student and ask
them to go to the med centre if they won’t tell them you will need
to talk to GP.
- Remember you are not responsible to fix people you are probably noticing
something they have lived with for many years.
- Remember the student is a person and not just an eating disorder.
- Be familiar with student mental health policy.
- Log your concerns and worries and take it to supervision meetings.