We invite you to play a role in increasing awareness of the prevalence of disordered eating in your community, and to be part of the search for solutions. We are here to support your efforts and to provide information and resources.
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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
Events from PEDAW
#Hunt2LoveOurBodies: Virtual Scavenger Hunt!
February 1-28th, 2017
WHAT: The Hunt to Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves challenges residents of B.C. to complete missions for points using an app for Android, iPhone and tablet devices called “GooseChase.” GooseChase is a free app that hosts mass scavenger hunts! The game has a list of missions/tasks for everyone to complete. Each of these missions relates to promoting Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention and has a name, description and point value – and some also have a website link associated with them.
WHY: We are doing this for eating disorder awareness in conjunction with the Eating Disorders Awareness Week! Over $500.00 in prizes to be won ~ stay tuned for details!
WHEN: The game will run from Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 until Tuesday, February 28th, 2017.
WHO: Open to all ages of residents of BC. Must be a BC resident to be eligible for prizes.
HOW: Install the free GooseChase app on your iPhone or Android device. Search “GooseChase” in the app store; there is no charge to download. Create a free account on the GooseChase app! Join the game by searching for LOVE OUR BODIES, LOVE OURSELVES from within the GooseChase app
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.
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.
Visit the Women's Health Clinic to learn more.
NIED's 56th Free Eating Disorder Symposium
Topic: "Let's Get Social: Social Media, Social Justice & Social Support for Eating Disorders"
This symposium focuses on intersections between social justice, social media & eating disorders. We'll look at how to situate eating disorder prevention, research, treatment & recovery within a social context & explore the ins & outs of using social media to talk about eating disorders — the good, the bad, & the just-plain-confusing.
The symposium will include a presentation by Andrea LaMarre (MSc, PhD Candidate) & plenty of time for discussion. We will answer questions like:
- What does social justice have to do with eating disorders?
- How can taking a social justice approach help reduce stereotypes, stigma & barriers to access around eating disorder prevention, treatment & research?
- What is the role of social media in eating disorder prevention, treatment, research & recovery?
- How can social media for eating disorders be more representative & be used for social justice aims?
Caregivers' Support Group
If you're caring for a loved one with an Eating Disorder, please consider joining our Caregivers Support Group. Parents, partners, friends, and family members welcome.
Email Stephanie Griver (MSW, RSW) for more info & to sign up.
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 email@example.com to learn more.