Eating Disorders Peer Support for Families and Carers

Eating disorders peer support is critical for families and carers and should be accessed as soon as possible in the journey of caring for someone with an eating disorder. Peer support can be in-person or online.

For access to face to face peer support, there are a range of options. EDFA has a support group network we are setting up called STRIVE, the first of which is STRIVE Flemington Melbourne and meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Over the rest of 2019 we will be setting up more STRIVE support groups in different locations around Australia. For more information on STRIVE, contact christine.naismith@edfa.org.au

Eating Disorders Victoria and Eating Disorders Queensland also have support groups available.

Often, getting out to a face to face support group can be challenging, so online peer support options are highly valued in our community. For online options see below

Online Forum

The F.E.A.S.T 24 hour parent carer family online forum 

The Around The Dinner Table forum is a free eating disorders peer support service provided for families and carers by F.E.A.S.T. It is moderated by kind, experienced parent caregivers trained to guide you in how to use the forum and how to find resources to help you support your family member. This forum is for parents of patients with all eating disorder diagnoses, all ages, around the world. If you need help using the forum please reach out to one of the moderators.

“WHEN THE PARENT IS SUPPORTED THE PATIENT IS SUPPORTED”

 

Closed Facebook groups

ATDTfb: An international peer support group for eating disorder caregivers on Facebook as a supplementary support forum to the F.E.A.S.T Around the Dinner Table online Forum.

IEDPS: An international peer support group for adults who care, or have cared for a loved one with an eating disorder. We are here for peer-to-peer sharing, support, education, guidance, encouragement, and to offer HOPE as we support our loved ones toward recovery

For Melbourne people, there is a Melbourne Eating Disorders Parent Support.

All of the above are closed Facebook groups, requiring you to answer some questions before being admitted to the group. All of these groups provide a private environment for connecting with other caregivers and cater for all types of caregivers from parents, friends, siblings and spouses.

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