A place to share or just to listen – in a non-judgmental atmosphere – with people who have experiences helping a loved one recover from an eating disorder. This mutual aid group provides: support and encouragement; information on how and where to get help; insights on books and electronic media; special guest speakers such as therapists and dietitians; and suggestions about how to take care of yourself while helping your loved one.
The CMHA Eating Disorders team is working hard to continue supporting clients through the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are continuing with virtual Zoom meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30. To receive a link to join a meeting, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10 – Open discussion and sharing as well as a review of key concepts in Compassion Focused Therapy
June 24 – We welcome Marg Notar, MSW and faculty member with WLU’s School of Social Work. Marg has an extensive background that includes having started the Eating Disorders Awareness Coalition in Waterloo Region and having organized numerous professional development conferences related to eating disorders. She will share her current experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and how it heals in such caring ways.
July 22 – Open discussion and sharing
August 26 – Open discussion and sharing
September – December – Our meetings continue on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings (7:00 – 8:30). Schedule for our once monthly guest speakers TBA.
We have started a YouTube channel to provide clients with tips for staying on track with recovery through these unprecedented times: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKztylT8IWPK4mFVk55koUQ
Here are some resources from around the globe that may be helpful in maintaining you eating disorder recovery journey through the COVID-19 pandemic:
The Butterfly Foundation:
This is an Australian website with helpful ideas about dealing with an eating disorder in the midst of COVID-19
Beat Eating Disorders:
This charity from the UK has additional information about managing an eating disorder through COVID-19
This Hamilton-based charitable organization is offering online education and support groups for a minimal cost
National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC):
Canada’s support service with headquarters in Toronto is posting links to many helpful resources. They also offer a Helpline Monday to Friday: 1-866-NEDIC-20
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy:
This website includes resources for parents supporting a loved one with an eating disorder which are particularly helpful with learning communication skills in these difficult, emotion-filled times.
Skill-based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder: The New Maudsley Method, Second Edition, 2017 by Dr. Janet Treasure
This book is full of many practical suggestions for helping a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder.