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EDV support groups give people affected by an eating disorder the opportunity to draw upon the support, experience and skills of others facing similar issues. EDV groups allow people to discuss and share their experiences, emotions and challenges, and to develop positive strategies in a safe and supportive environment.

About support groups

Who runs the groups?

Trained volunteers facilitate all EDV support groups. Many of our volunteers have personal lived experience with an eating disorder or have been a carer.

How much does it cost?

Groups cost $5 and we require attendees to book prior to attending each group. Please see the event list page to book into support groups

Do I need to book? Why?

Yes, we require you to book in if you are planning on attending by 12pm on the day of the support group. You can book by finding the event under the Events tab, and find the corresponding event.

We honour your time and the time of our volunteers. If we need to cancel a group for any reason we want to give you as much notice as possible to minimise inconvenience.

Support groups do not run if only one person is booked in, and that instance we would contact you by 12pm on the day of the group to advise that it is not going ahead and offer one-to-one support to you via the EDV Hub.

I’m under 18 – can I attend?

Unfortunately, the groups are currently only for people 18+.

How do you keep the groups safe?

EDV uses a set of guidelines to ensure support groups are recovery-focused and non-triggering for group members. The guidelines are discussed at the beginning of each group.

How do I give feedback on groups?

If you have recently attended a support group and would like to fill in a survey to provide feedback click here.

For my recovery

Recovery support groups are for people with an eating disorder who have already taken the first steps towards recovery. Recovery can take many forms; however, people who are engaged in treatment or contemplating recovery may find sharing experiences in support groups with other people on a similar journey of great benefit.

Eligibility requirements

All support group participants must be 18 years of age and over.

The group is not suitable for current hospital in-patients, people whose physical health is severely compromised due to their eating disorder or persons equally medically or emotionally unwell. In addition, participants should not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For their own safety and for the well being of all participants, these people will not be admitted to meetings.

Participants are expected to be emotionally and mentally well enough to travel to and from meetings without support, sit through a 1.5 hour group meeting, and cognitively understand and emotionally cope with group discussion about eating disorders. Active participation is recommended but is optional.

If you are unsure whether you are ready for group interaction, we recommend you contact us on 1300 550 236 to discuss your situation or to find out about alternative sources of support.

Is the group for people with all types of eating disorders?

Yes, people experiencing any type of eating disorder may attend. In fact, we find that the thoughts, behaviours and feelings expressed by people in support groups are often not diagnoses specific and can cross between different types of eating disorders.

What do people talk about in the group?

People discuss general themes and experiences regarding recovery. This may include talking about their personal experiences, ideas and strategies for coping with the impact of an eating disorder, and related difficulties in their lives. The underlying purpose of the EDV groups is to support and promote recovery. The group processes are geared to promote attitudes and feelings of understanding, acceptance, honesty and positive regard.

Within this environment, trust, hope and courage are rediscovered by many members. This helps them to take charge of their journey to recovery and try a range of self-help strategies and professional treatments that previously may have seemed too difficult to face.

How often can I attend a group?

You may attend a support group as often as you like. Some people attend regularly and others may come along once or twice. It is important to remember that although you may like to attend the groups regularly, there may be times when you may not feel well enough to attend.

Do I have to come if my family or friends want me to but I’m not keen on the idea?

This is often a difficult decision to make as you don’t want to disappoint or upset others. It is important to remember that recovery takes time and you need to do things when they feel right for you.

Find a recovery support group

Recovery support groups take place monthly in a range of locations across Melbourne. Online bookings are required.

Book now

For family and friends

Family and friends support groups are for family members, partners and friends concerned about a loved one with an eating disorder. It is a place where family members and friends come together in a confidential and supportive environment.

What do I say in a group?

Sharing your experiences is an optional part of the support group. At your first group, you may prefer just to listen to other people’s experiences until you feel comfortable within the group.

How will this help me?

Coming to a support group allows you to have some time to yourself and gives you the opportunity to openly talk about what is going on. Being among a group of people who can relate to your situation can ease the stress and isolation of supporting someone with an eating disorder. You may also discover new coping strategies, stress management approaches or just enjoy the interaction with people in a similar situation to your own. Coming to a support group can also be a good way to care for yourself and ensure you are looking after your own mental health.

Are there restrictions on who may attend?

Sharing your experiences is an optional part of the support group.  At your first group you may prefer just to listen to other people’s experiences until you feel comfortable within the group.

Find a family and friends support group

Family and friends groups take place monthly in a range of locations across Melbourne. Online bookings are required.

Book now

Support group locations 

Recovery support groups

Recovery support groups are available in the following locations:

  • Abbotsford – EDV, Collingwood Football Club Community Centre, Level 2, Cnr Lulie & Abbot Streets, Abbotsford
  • Footscray – The Body Voice Centre, 50 Wolverhampton Street Footscray
  • Ringwood – Bedford Park Rosewarne Lane, Bedford Road Ringwood 3134

Family and friends support groups

Family and friends support groups are available in the following locations:

  • Abbotsford – EDV, Collingwood Football Club Community Centre, Level 2, Cnr Lulie & Abbot Streets, Abbotsford
  • Moorabbin – Taskforce Youth Hub, Shop 1/4-6 Station St, Moorabbin
  • Camberwell – Bowen St Community Centre 102 Bowen St, Camberwell
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