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Maintaining recovery during the festive season

Home ~ Find support ~ EDV blog ~ Maintaining recovery during the festive season

EDV is on a Christmas break from Dec 25. We will be back on Jan 4th 2022.

During this this time you will be able to send emails and leave voice messages via the EDV Hub, however they will not be answered until our return.

We’ve put together this page of resources for you to refer to while we’re away!

For additional support during this period, please contact:

The Butterfly Foundation National Helpline
PH: 1800 33 4673. You can also chat online or email

Carers and Support people can access Peer Support online through Eating Disorders Families Australia’s strive Facebook group.

For urgent support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or go to your nearest emergency department.


Online resources

The holidays can be a great opportunity to take a break from regular work/study/life and focus on your recovery. Here we’ve listed some key online resources to help you get started.

Podcasts to listen to

Books to read

  • Overcoming Binge Eating by Christopher Fairburn
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • Musings from the Moon by Jenna Ramondo
  • The DBT (R) Solution for Emotional Eating by Bedra Safer, Sarah Adler, Phillip Mason
  • If Not Dieting, Then What? By Rick Kausman
  • Health At Every Size by Lindo Bacon
  • Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Rech
  • Skills-Based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder by Janet Treasure (for carers)

Meditation and Yoga

Tips for carers and loved ones

If you are supporting a loved one at this time of year, it can be helpful to be think ahead and prepare in advance for stressful situations.

Our Carer Coaching team share their tips for:

  • Managing family holidays and long car trips
  • Managing unhelpful comments from relatives
  • Managing ‘food talk’ and general tips for gatherings

Read the article here

LGBTQI+ Support

Rainbow Door

Rainbow Door is a free service. You can call, text or email us.

Phone: 1800 729 367


QLIFE is operation 365 days a year, 3pm – 12 midnight. QLIFE provides anonymous, free, confidential peer support, information and referrals to LGBTIQA+ communities, their friends and families Contact with QLife can be made via phone 1800 184 527.


Substance use support

Preparing for Holiday Challenges to Addiction Recovery

“December is here and opportunities for urges and cravings seem to be everywhere. SMART volunteers have put their heads together to offer some suggestions to help you navigate this month’s challenges.”

Preparing for Holiday Challenges to Addiction Recovery – SMART Recovery

Positive Choices

Where to Get Help for Drug and Alcohol-related Issues – Positive Choices


DrinkWise. | Support Services

Support Lines

Emergency Service

Suicide Line
1300 651 251

Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 576

Victorian Poisons Information Centre
13 11 26

Department of Health and Human Services (Child Protection)
13 12 78

1300 606 024

Lifeline (24-hour crisis counselling)
13 11 14

Mental Health Foundation of Australia – Mental Health Helpline
1300 643 287

Alfred Health Carer Services (Carer Support and 24 Hour Respite)
1800 052 222

The Blue Knot Foundation (Adult Survivors of Child Abuse)
1300 657 380

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic)
(03) 9830 0533

Beyond Blue
1300 224 636

Bullying Zero Australia
(03) 9094 3718

Butterfly Foundation
1800 33 4673

Cannabis Information and Helpline

Carer’s Victoria
1800 242 636

(CASA) Victorian Centre Against Sexual Assault
1800 806 292

Dads in Distress
1300 853 437

Drug and Alcohol Information in Other Languages
1800 888 326

Direct Line (24-hour drug and alcohol counselling)
1800 888 236

Drug and Alcohol Clinical Advisory Services
1800 812 804

Family Relationship Advice Line
1800 050 321

Gamblers Help Line Victoria
1800 858 858

Grief Line (Support for grieving adults and children)
(03) 9935 7400

1800 650 890

Heavy M.E.T.A.L Group (Mens counselling for anger and violence)
0401 766 877

Kids Helpline
1800 551 800

Maternal and Child Health Line
13 2229

Melbourne Homeless Services
1800 627 727

Mensline Australia
1300 789 978

Mind Carers Helpline
1300 554 660

Narcotics Anonymous – Victorian Area Helpline
(03) 9525 2833

1300 30 1300

PANDA Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia
1300 726 306

QUIT (Support to stop smoking)
13 78 48

Respect (Victims of physical or sexual abuse)
1800 737 732

Safe Steps Home (domestic violence)
1800 015 188

Sane Australia Helpline
1800 187 263

South East CASA (Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence)
1800 806 292

Sexual Assault Crisis Line
1800 806 292

Victims of Crime HelpLine
1800 819 817

Wellways Helpline
1300 111 500

Get in touch with EDV

To hear from a member of the EDV team in the new year, please send an enquiry to the EDV Hub.

We’ll get back to you after our return on January 4th 2022.

Wishing you a safe and happy festive season. 

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