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Virtual Support Groups
Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness Provides free weekly, clinician-led support groups for family/ friends and for those diagnosed with an eating disorder.
Alsana- Provides weekly online meetings Fridays at noon, PST (2PM CST & 3PM EST). Weekly family support meeting Thursdays at noon, PST (2PM CST & 3PM EST). Alsana is an Eating Recovery Center and we believe healing happens in relationships. This group is educational in nature and provides participants with an online community in which they can receive support and encouragement from the facilitator as well as peers. All are welcome and we would love to have you join us. This group is not a replacement for therapy.
ANAD Support Groups- ANAD’s eating disorder support groups provide a free, virtual space where people can come together and find community in recovery. Support groups are often the first step for people who struggle with eating disorders. Our support groups are for people with personal lived experiences with an eating disorder. This is a free, peer-led support service where those without access to other resources can attend and connect with others.
The Eating Disorder Foundation- EDF groups are at the heart of the EDF program, providing safe places for those with eating disorders and their families to grow and learn from one another. These groups not only have helped many who are touched by eating disorders, but also have served as a springboard from which lasting, supportive friendships have grown. Groups are facilitated by volunteer counselors and master’s level practicum students. They are there to keep the conversation safe and inclusive. Groups vary in size because they are drop-ins, but are usually around 5-25 people depending on the group. You will not be forced to participate in the groups, but we hope you will feel EDF is a safe place to share your thoughts and feelings. Groups are accessible to all, regardless of your struggle or diagnosis. This is not group therapy, but rather a place to get support and build community.
Liberating Jasper- Offers low-cost support groups for those struggling with an eating disorder.
MEDA (Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association) – MEDA Support groups can be an important part of the outpatient treatment process. They are a structured place to build community with a shared goal of full recovery from an eating disorder or disordered eating. MEDA is currently in-network with some insurance companies, please inquire if you are interested in using insurance. We are able to also provide a receipt for insurance reimbursement. Groups are 8 weeks long and financial assistance and scholarships are available. To register for a group please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosewood- Rosewood Treatment Center provides a weekly free ADULT support group Thursday 5:00 pm-6:00 pm MST Virtually via Zoom.
Eating Disorder HOPE maintains a list of virtual support groups.
Support for Family & Friends
In addition to many of the above support groups which are available to family and friends, we have listed some online forums and coaching options for individuals supporting those with an eating disorder.
Becky Henry Coaching, Family Support Group – Whether you choose the complimentary or premium support, Becky will send you the conference line dial-in number for the free monthly call and/or the zoom video link for the weekly calls.
Eating Disorder Family Support Network – Eating Disorder Family Support Network (EDFSN), online support forums for families of loved ones with an eating disorder.
Eating Disorder Family Support Network – Mom2Mom – The purpose of Mom2Mom is to provide support, compassion, hope, information, wisdom, and most of all education about eating disorders. The most critical piece of this journey is to be as EDucated and as knowledgeable as possible.
Eating Disorder Family Support Network – Man2Man – Man2Man is a community created to provide support, EDucation and resources to male caregivers who are supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. This includes dads, partners, husbands, brothers, uncles, etc.