Here is a selection of helpful resources available to those who are assisting a loved one with an Eating Disorder.
Welcome to those who have a loved one, spouse or partner, sibling, friend, colleague or child with an eating disorder. We are so glad you have found us as we hope to provide you support and resources to assist you assist those you care for.
For starters, you may have found us in hopes to learn more about eating disorders as you may suspect a loved one is struggling with disordered eating. Please click below to learn more about eating disorders and the signs/symptoms to be on the lookout for.
Being a caregiver, friend or loved one of an individual with and eating disorder can be a complex and overwhelming experience. You may experience feelings of pride for being trusted while simultaneously feeling shame, blame, fear and confusion for how to assist in their recovery. At EDCI we find it equally important to support the caregivers as we do the individual with an eating disorder. Making sure you are informed, supported and taken care of, yourselves, is important to best assist your loved one.
Below are a number of resources we recommend you explore:
The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness Caregiver Virtual Support Group:
Open to all caregivers, support group meetings are held Wednesday evenings (6pm Central). Must register at least 1.5 hours before meeting start time at this link: Support Group Registration
NEDA (National Eating Disorder Awareness) Caregiver Resources:
Browse NEDA's tips for helping a loved one. Includes an excellent Parent Tool-Kit download: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/learn/help/caregivers
Eating Disorder Family Support Network (EDFSN):
An online support network for families. This network was created by families, for families of loved ones with an eating disorder. It is critical for families that are navigating this journey with their loved one to have life-saving resources and support on the path to recovery.
Mom2Mom- a closed private Facebook support group for moms, surrogate moms, and female caregivers. We are “moms helping moms” navigate the path to recovery. This group offers EDucation, wisdom, and compassion with a stringent vetting policy to provide a safe place of support. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EatingDisordersMom2Mom/
Man2Man- a closed group for dads, husbands, partners, step-dads, surrogate fathers or male caregivers to support one another as you support your loved one on the journey to recovery. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EatingDisordersMan2Man/
Mom2Mom Child Loss- a closed group supporting mothers whose loved one has died as a direct result of their eating disorder. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Mom2MomLoss/
EDFSN Professionals- a closed group where parents and carers can ask specific questions and receive support from professionals specialized in eating disorders. A group where collaboration is the goal.
EDFSN Advocacy- a closed group for parents, siblings (over 15), caregivers, and advocates to share advocacy ideas and campaigns, thoughts, information on eating disorders, helping to create awareness, improved understanding, and create change.