Eating Disorders Victoria understands the many challenges faced by our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to COVID-19, Eating Disorders Victoria has implemented our new Wellbeing Program to assist people living with eating disorders and their support people during these challenging times. The Wellbeing Program offers:
Phone call checks-ins
Whether it be a hard day, a hard moment or just general unease, EDV is here to support you during COVID-19. Our Wellbeing Coordinator, Amy, is available for phone call check-ins to support you through distress and ensure you are travelling as well as you can be during this time of uncertainty. Amy is available to provide telephone or zoom support for up to 5 sessions. Available days are Mondays and Tuesdays. If you would like to link in with Amy for some support, please contact the Hub and speak to them about a referral.
If you are under 16 years of age: We are very happy to receive phone calls and enquiries from people under the age of 16. However, we do require that you have an adult (someone over the age of 18) join you for your phone calls. This can be a family member, friend, clinician, school teacher/mental health worker, youth worker or a support person of your choosing. We do this to ensure that all conversations are clear and transparent and that you have someone to support you with both information and plans.
For callers under the age of 18: If the EDV worker you are speaking to is seriously worried about your safety or the safety of someone else they must, by law, try to keep everyone safe. This means they might have to share their concerns with someone else. Please talk to us about confidentiality to ensure you understand how this works.
Well Together online support groups
As part of our Wellbeing Program, Eating Disorders Victoria has launched new online groups to support people experiencing eating disorders and carers during COVID-19. These groups give people the opportunity to draw upon the support, experience and skills of others facing similar issues. It is an open space to discuss what you are struggling with and to reflect on the current challenges. Learn more about support groups available here.