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National

The Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders offers a FREE on-line Support Group service where people can come together in a safe space to support each other and chat.

How much you want to talk is up to you! You can just listen, or you can share your thoughts and feelings as you feel comfortable. The group does not discuss weight, diet, food or behaviours, to keep the environment safe.

About the Support Groups:

  • they offer an innovative vehicle for support.
  • they are not location specific and can be accessed from the comfort of your own home.
  • they are anonymous and confidential.
  • physical preconceptions or comparisons are not permitted.
  • they provide an additional opportunity to take the first step towards help.
  • one to two trained facilitators keep the sessions supportive and safe for everyone.
     

Anyone living with or affected by an eating disorder is welcome. Sessions are held:
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 - 12:00 a.m. EST
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 - 12:00 a.m. EST

Sign up for free at http://chat.lookingglassbc.com. For more information, contact the Support Group Coordinators:
Amy Candido acandido@telus.net
Karen Wall karenwall4@gmail.com

Join the Something's Gotta Give campaign - see flyer!


Alberta

 


British Columbia

Events from the Looking Glass Foundation

 

Something’s Gotta Give 

It’s been 33 years since musician Karen Carpenter’s death from anorexia put eating disorders on the radar screen of a generation.  In all that time, the story remains the same. While much has been accomplished, little has changed. People are still dying, lives are still being robbed, and the disease is showing up earlier and among more people than ever before.

The Looking Glass Foundation is dedicated to continuing the work we have been doing.  At the same time, we recognize that what we’re doing — what any of us could ever conceivably do on our own — isn’t enough to really get to the other side of eating disorders, to really put this disease behind us.  There’s a culture and context that defines much of what we can do.  The problem of eating disorders is bigger and more complex than we alone – or any organization – could ever hope to solve on its own. The barriers are too many. And while they may be budging a little here and there, they’re not giving way.

That is simply not okay. We, all of us, have to ramp up our effort.

If we’re really going to get to the other side of eating disorders, something’s gotta give … What IS it?

Something’s Gotta Give is about constructive action, compassionate resolve, and the power of humanity to achieve real change. It belongs to all the people out there who get the tragedy of this disease, the urgency of overcoming it.

Join the Something's Gotta Give campaign - see our flyer! 

 

Events from Kelty Mental Health Centre

Upcoming Pinwheel Education Series Events

The Pinwheel Education Series are a group of free, all inclusive education events open to anyone in BC. The aim is to provide learning opportunities for the public on key mental health and substance use topics, and host a forum where people can engage in dialogue with experts and persons with lived experience.

 

2016 Summer Instititute: Promoting Mental Wellness in BC School Communities

Thursday and Friday, August 25-26, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Neville Scarfe Building, University of British Columbia
2125 Main Mall, Vancouver BC  V6T 1Z4

Registration deadline is June 30th!  Click here for more information and here to register.

The 7th annual Summer Institute is a two-day event that will bring together teachers, school counsellors, school support staff, school administrators, district staff, health professionals, parents, students and school community partners from across BC to exchange knowledge and ideas about improving mental wellness in school communities.

Key areas of focus for this year's event include:

  • Supporting implementation of the new BC school curriculum, as it relates to mental health and wellbeing
  • Fostering school connectedness in classrooms and school communities
  • Supporting students experiencing mental health and substance use challenges in classrooms or schools
  • Creating school-community partnerships to support student mental health and wellbeing
     

Manitoba

Winnipeg
 

Save the Date - EDAC-ATAC 2016

Save the Date EDAC-ATAC

 


New Brunswick


Newfoundland & Labrador


Nova Scotia


Ontario


Durham

Durham Eating Disorders Anonymous is a fellowship of individuals working the 12 steps in a supportive environment. We serve all people in the GTA suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and ED-NOS. Please call (905) 550 8014 or email durhameda@gmail.com for more information, or visit is durhameda.com

Meetings are held every Thursday night from 7-8 PM at the Pickering Village United Church in Ajax.


London

Hope's Garden presents...

Hope's Garden Self-Esteem Group for Teens with Sarah Ashkanase, MA, OACCPP

Location: 478 Waterloo Street, London, ON

Dates: Mondays

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $5 per session or $20 for 5 sessions if paid in advance

This support group for 14-18 year-olds will focus on positive body image and self-esteem.  Participants will learn tools to improve their relationship with themselves and their self-confidence as they navigate the complex world of high school and teen life.  This group will be helpful not just to teens experiencing disordered eating, but to all teens who want to improve their self-esteem and set themselves up to thrive.  For more information, please visit http://www.hopesgarden.org/programs/support-groups.  

Hope's Garden Family & Friends Support Group with Sharon Zister, MSW, RSW

Location: 478 Waterloo Street, London, ON

Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $5 per session or $20 for 5 sessions if paid in advance

An ongoing support group for parents, spouses and other family members involved with loved ones struggling with disordered eating.  Eating disorders do not only affect the person struggling, but also their loved ones. Come gain insight into eating disorders and what your loved one is going through, as well as getting support for yourself.  For more information, please visit http://www.hopesgarden.org/programs/support-groups

Hope's Garden Challenging ED Support Group with Trisha Wedemire, MSW, RSW

Location: 478 Waterloo Street, London, ON

Dates: Thursdays

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $5 per session or $20 for 5 sessions if paid in advance

This group is open to anyone 18+ who is interested in recovering from an eating disorder.  Those who attend Challenging ED are looking for freedom from a life of inner conflict and obsession with food and body image.  This group will help participants work towards replacing self-criticism with self-acceptance.  Participants will learn tools to help them create a positive, healing relationship with food and with their bodies.  Participants may not always feel completely confident in keeping from disordered thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors with food, but are committed to trying.  This group talks openly about the behaviors and sizes being left behind, and is not always comfortable for those who are still deeply involved with their eating disorder.  For more information, please visit http://www.hopesgarden.org/programs/support-groups.


Toronto

a taste for life, nedic fundraiser: save the date - october 20, 2016

 

nedic event at paint lounge west on august 11

 

nied logo

NIED's Caregivers' Support Group will be breaking for the summer after our next meeting and resuming in the Fall.

The next group is on June 16th, from 7:30 - 8:30pm: "Transitions - Combating Stress Upon Graduating High School and Entering University." To register, please contact Stephanie Griver (MSW, BSW) at 416-457-7255, or email stephgriver@yahoo.ca.

The Caregivers' Support Group will resume in the Fall and dates will be announced in August. In the interim, for any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Stephanie by phone or email.


Talk-it-Out Summer Support, the 6-week support group series for women will be held on 6 Sunday afternoons, 4:00-6:00pm, from July 24 through Aug 28, 2016 in mid-town Toronto (near Eglinton West subway station and Allen Road). 

Talk-it-Out was created to support women who want to make some changes in their lives, and who feel they might benefit from some short-term support in a safe space. The group is led by Registered Psychotherapist Natalie Gold, an experienced group facilitator. For more information, visit changehappens.ca
 

Note that while a support group is not a substitute for psychotherapy, it can be therapeutic.

The fee: $140 for all 6 sessions but only $120 if you register and pay a deposit  by July 18. A phone consult is required to ensure the group is appropriate for each participant.

View the PDF brochure.
To register, call Natalie at 416-654-6453, email natalie@changehappens.ca
To pay or make a deposit, go to changehappens.ca.


York Region

Eating Disorders of York Region (EDOYR) presents...

Expressive Art Programs are offered with a referral. Visit http://www.edoyr.com/expressive-and-therapeutic-art or email info@edoyr.com to learn more.

EDOYR Mixed Media Art Program


Quebec


International

United States

The 26th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond:

Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan and In Diverse Populations

NOVEMBER 11 - 13, 2016

Philadelphia Airport Marriott

Conference 2016 will examine developmental stages and transitions, race and ethnic diversity, gender and sexual identity issues. The Program will explore the influence of maladaptive attachment, the impact of trauma and the marginalization of self – all of which may keep clients stuck and unable to access potential pathways towards healing and recovery. We will further consider, through a feminist relational lens, the way in which intersecting forms of oppression may affect the development and treatment of eating disorders.

Keynote Presentations:
From Competition to Care: The Evolution of a Feminist
Anne-Marie Slaughter, DPhil, JD

Wired for Healing: Dyadic Repair of Attachment Trauma
Diana Fosha, PhD

Shining the Light on Marginalized Populations: A Discussion on Race and Gender
Gayle E. Brooks, PhD
Rachel Levine, MD

Cultivating Resilience and Confidence: Helping Adolescent Girls Thrive
Rachel Simmons, A.B.

Featured Workshops:

More Than a Pretty Girl: Applying Objectification Theory and Research to the Understanding (and Undoing) of Body Image Disturbance and Disordered Eating Across the Lifespan
Rachel M. Calogero, PhD

Objectification theory offers a unique model for understanding women’s body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating across the lifespan. Empirical evidence for specific features of the model are reviewed, followed by case examples that demonstrate how feminist identification and activism can serve as antidotes to sexual and self-objectification.

Eating Disorders: What’s Feminism Got to Do With It?
Andrea LaMarre, MSc & Carmen Cool, BM, MA, LPC

This workshop provides strategies to engage in productive discussion about blending social justice and feminism to reduce eating disorders stigma and advocate for systems level change.

Exposure with Response Prevention: Treatment Implications Across the Lifespan to Target Body Dissatisfaction in the Later Phases of Recovery from an Eating Disorder
Brad Mac Neil, PhD

This interactive workshop offers a working knowledge of Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), a novel group therapy approach to the treatment of body dissatisfaction in the later stages of recovery from an eating disorder.

Exploring Identity through Recovery: The Power of our Voices
Cynthia Whitehead-Laboo, PhD, Nettie Reeves, CPT, CHC & Ryan Sallans, MA

In this workshop, presenters discuss how their own marginalization and oppression influenced their relationship with food and body image, and describe their personal paths to recovery and well-being.

For more information or to register please visit www.renfrewconference.com or contact Kavita Patel at 1-877-367-3383 or kpatel@renfrewcenter.com.

 

Europe