What does The Laurence Trust do?
Our primary aim at The Laurence Trust is to reassure men across Northern Ireland who are struggling with eating disorders. We support both those suffering illness, as well as the people that love and care for them. As a bridging organisation, our goal is to get vulnerable men on the right track towards support, medical care, and information to improve their lives and help them recover.
Our unique helpline provides a fast and easy way for us to help vulnerable men. Whilst we cannot provide counselling services, we can offer signposting to connect those in need of help with the best-possible services, support groups and help identify care pathways to treatment. We provide people with information to reach out and seek treatment through our information helpline, and we can provide literature on request.
The core service we deliver at The Laurence Trust is to support men with eating disorders, to support their carers and loved ones and provide the information they need to seek further help. Our online hub is created partly from official DSM guidelines and partially from our personal experience of the impact of eating disorders in order to benefit anyone who may be struggling with disordered eating.
Connections with local services
We can act as a stepping-stone to connect those in need of extra care with the correct pathway to support. Whether it’s contacting your GP, seeking a support group, or training course as a parent or carer, or simply looking for alternative paths to gaining support, our resources and information shared by voluntary organisations, allow us to signpost the best way forward.
A compassionate voice and ear
Above all else, The Laurence Trust was created to show men they are not alone. Eating disorders are a universal mental health condition, our compassionate voice and ear work together to listen to those in need, provide information and signposting towards recovery and engage with elected representatives, local councils, healthcare providers and other Eating Disorder Organisations in the voluntary sector and more.