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BFRB UK & Ireland

We are the UK and Ireland's first charitable organisation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs), including hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, and associated disorders. We have been supporting people living with BFRBs and their loved ones since 2015.

What we do


Our support groups are peer-led, meaning that the volunteers who facilitate the groups have BFRBs themselves. We provide a safe space to share experiences and seek advice from others who truly understand what it is like to live with BFRBs. 


We also offer support for families, loved ones, and professionals who would like to learn more about how to care for people living with BFRBs in the UK, Ireland, and beyond.


One of our main objectives is to grow and sustain the diverse community of people living with BFRBs across the UK and Ireland. We aim to bring people together through regular in-person and online support groups, social gatherings and special events, and to serve the community's needs through sharing research, resources, and advice.


We believe that building a compassionate community that everyone has access to is central to BFRB recovery. 

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Despite affecting approximately 5% of the population, BFRBs remain heavily stigmatised, misunderstood, and under-researched.

Through our advocacy efforts, we aim to increase awareness and understanding of BFRBs, especially in healthcare and school settings.

You can join our mailing list to keep up to date on our advocacy efforts.

Find Support

We provide informed, friendly support for people living with hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder and other body-focused repetitive behaviours. We are currently in the process of planning a return to in-person groups across the UK and Ireland, and offering more flexible meeting times and days. We hope to share more with you soon, join our mailing list or contact us to find out more!

No upcoming events at the moment

To receive the link and password to attend, please join our mailing list or contact us

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