University Support Services
Almost all universities have a counselling service and can provide short courses of counselling. Many counselling services are limited to seeing students for between 4 and 6 sessions. This is usually more than enough to help someone work through a specific problem but is unlikely to be sufficient to make good progress through recovery from an eating disorder. Some university counselling services are able to provide longer courses of support and almost all will be able to signpost to other suitable specialist services.
Many universities now have a mental health adviser, though these are called different things at different universities. At some universities the role of a mental health adviser is covered by the counselling service. While university counsellors will offer a course of counselling, a mental health adviser usually has responsibility for ‘case management’ – that is staying in touch with you and checking that you are getting the right support that you need to help you stay at university.
Mental health difficulties such as eating disorders are classified as a disability. If you worry about labels, this might not be something that you want to hear, but from the perspective of getting help and support at university it is a great thing! Your university disability office is there to support all students with disabilities to stay at university and complete their studies successfully.