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Recourses for individuals under 18:

Eating disorder team BUGL: The eating disorder team is a specialised team in an outpatient department that has first-hand access to issues where a child or adolescent is likely to have an eating disorder. The eating disorder team provides both diagnosis and treatment. The treatment aims to help a child/adolescent to cope with the illness with the support of parents and professionals. It is important that the child and the parents learn new and better ways to cope with the eating disorder and gain a better insight into which factors hinder recovery. Efforts are being made to promote self-image, body image, social skills and family communication in order to improve long-term well-being and quality of life. A link to BUGL's homepage: https://www.landspitali.is/puppy-standers/deildir-and-thjonusta/barna-og-unglingageddeild-bugl/

Healthcare: GPs can assess the problem and send a referral to BUGL, for example, with patient consent. A link to information on psychology services in the capital city’s health centres: https://www.heilsugaeslan.is/default.aspx?pageid=eb6f0c2c-dbfd-11e7-9428-005056bc2afe

Student counsellor or school psychologist: It is good to reach out to an individual within the school such as a student counsellor or school psychologist to discuss the issues or to obtain information on appropriate assistance, for example. They can then send a referral to the national hospital with the consent of the student, the national hospital accepts referrals from schools and other professionals, for example.

Psychologists that have a practice: Various psychologists in their practices work on treatments for eating disorders. Psychologists and information about their services can be found in the psychologist database. Psychologist database link: http://sal.is/almenningur/gagnagrunnur-salfraedinga/

Recourses for individuals 18 years old and older:

National hospital eating disorder team: The eating disorder team is a multidisciplinary team that operates both in day care and outpatient departments. The team consists of psychologists, physicians, social workers/family therapists, nutritionists, occupational therapists and consultants. The eating disorder team is located at the Kleppur outpatient department.

The national hospital eating disorder team receives referrals from professionals inside and outside the national hospital, schools and other professionals. People can also contact the eating disorder team themselves for advice, by emailing atroskun@landspitali.is. Subsequently, a staff member of the eating disorder team contacts the individual by phone and assesses the need for a treatment request and recommends the next steps. A link to the website of the national hospital eating disorder team: landspitali.is

Health care: GPs can assess the problem and send a referral to the eating disorder team as well as other places with the consent of the patient.

A link to information on psychology services in the capital city health centres: heilsugaeslan.is

Student counsellor or school psychologist: It is good to reach out to an individual within the school such as a student counsellor or school psychologist to discuss the issues or to obtain information on appropriate assistance, for example. They can then send a referral to the national hospital with the consent of the student, the national hospital accepts referrals from schools and other professionals, for example.

Psychologists that have a practice: Various psychologists in their practices work on treatments for eating disorders. Psychologists and information about their services can be found in the psychologist database. Psychologist database link: sal.is

A more detailed list of resources in Iceland can be found here.