The Eating Disorder Foundation of NL has offered the Bridge to Hope: Family Education and Support Group since 2012. The 8-week group is offered to Families and Caregivers who are supporting a loved one with an Eating Disorder. Groups are held at the Foundation office, and are available by free teleconference for Families and Caregivers that live outside of the St. John’s area.
Participants that can attend the groups include anyone that is offering support to someone with an Eating Disorder; parents, step parents, spouses, partners, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends. Research indicates that this type of group support is essential for anyone supporting a loved one with an Eating Disorder.
The Bridge to Hope group has 2 components; education and support:
During weeks 2 to 6 professionals who are experts in the area of Eating Disorders attend to give a presentation and answer questions. These professionals include:
- Medical Doctor
- Social Worker
In week 7 of the group experienced caregivers present their stories to the families and share their struggles, wisdom and knowledge around Eating Disorders.
Families and caregivers receive much needed support from each other and the facilitators. The group is unique in that the co facilitators (Patricia Nash and Cathy Skinner) also supported a loved one with an Eating Disorder in their own families. Participants find in hopeful and comforting to hear the struggles and lessons learned by Patricia and Cathy.
The Bridge to Hope is held on 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30pm.
Registration is required, please contact Patricia Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org or 722-0500 for more information.