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Helpful resources for Covid 19

During these unsettling times, stress and anxiety can increase, which can make it more difficult to focus on eating disorder recovery. Fortunately, more organizations around the country are offering free virtual support groups for individuals and family members, which opens up opportunities for Alaskans to get support from their homes almost every day of the week. This page provides information on support groups, meal and snack support, helpful apps and other information. Be sure to check the time zones and adapt for Alaska time. Please contact us at info@akeatingdisordersalliance.org if  you know of other information we should add. 

For other timely information, follow Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance on Instagram @akeatingdisordersalliance or Facebook @Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance

Stay strong, stay healthy and know that you are not alone.

Support Groups

Please note that the Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance does not provide or specifically endorse the support groups listed below, except for the AKEDA Families and Friends Support Group.  It is up to you to determine the right group for you. It is also important to note that these groups are not a substitute for professional treatment.  

Alaska Based

AKEDA Family and Friends Support Group

The Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance now offers an online Family and Friends Support Group online the third Saturday of the month from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Alaska time. All are welcome. For the April 2020 sign in information, please contact info.akeatingdisordersalliance@gmail.com

Alaska Peer-Led Support Group for Individuals

A peer-led Alaska-based group for individuals struggling with or recovering from an eating disorder is held every Monday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30  p.m. Alaska Time.  For more information, contact Cassie at edgroupak@gmail.com

 

NAMI Alaska

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Alaska offers various virtual support groups for family members and for any adult (18+) who lives with a mental health condition, regardless of diagnosis. Sign up for an account and register for meetings at www.supportgroupscentral.com/NMAK

 

 

Outside of Alaska

Eating Disorder Foundation Support Groups

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time

 

The Eating Disorder Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, offers online eating disorders support groups from Monday through Saturday for Families and Friends, Individuals 18+, Adolescents and Individuals 30+. The EDF is a free, non-clinical resource in Colorado that is accessible to everyone, regardless of income, insurance, health status, weight, diagnosis, race, gender, or sexual identity.

For more information and to register, visit https://www.eatingdisorderfoundation.org/get-help/support-groups/

ANAD Support Groups

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, offers support general support groups for people struggling with eating disorders, and an LGBTQ+ specific group. Visit https://anad.org/online-support-groups/

 

Ophelia’s Place

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time and Mountain Standard Time

 

Ophelia's Place is a 501c3 nonprofit that offers virtual weekly support groups for individuals who are seeking recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating and body dissatisfaction. In addition, they offer a weekly online community and conversation about our bodies, our authentic beauty, and how we can live boldly as our true selves.For their Thursday support group for adults with eating disorders or for more information visit: https://www.opheliasplace.org/support-services

 

​ Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness Support Groups

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, a 501c3 nonprofit, provides clinician-led online Pro-Recovery check ins for ages 18+ and , Family and Friends Check-Ins. Registration is required. Contact info@allianceforeatingdisorders.com for more information. 

Living Proof MN

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

Living Proof is a nonjudgmental, non discriminatory, all inclusive nonprofit organization in Minnesota that offers virtual support groups for adolescents and adults. Visit www.LivingProofMN.com

Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

MEDA, a 501 c3 nonprofit, offers groups that are led by Clinicians and co-led by a graduate level intern and/or recovered volunteer.  There is a fee to join most groups, but receipts can be provided for insurance reimbursement; and financial assistance is available. Groups are Mondays for Families and Friends, Wendesdays for Binge Eating Disorders; and groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays for individuals of all genders in recovery. For more information on joining a group, contact  call (617) 558-1881 or email groups@medainc.org, or visit https://www.medainc.org/services/heal/medas-recovery-groups/

Eating Recovery Center

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

Eating Recovery Center (ERC) is expanding its support groups and making them all online and free. They ask that individuals that attend only one ERC/Insight virtual support group per week. They are also capping attendance to 15 people at each virtual support group, so they are are first-come, first-served. Groups include Family and Community Support, Mid-Day Eating Disorders Support. College Student/Early Adult Support, Anxiety and Depression Support, Addictive Behavior Skills Support and Clinicians Connect. For more information, visit https://www.eatingrecoverycenter.com/alumni/virtual-support/online-support-groups

 

 

Eating Disorders Anonymous

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a Twelve-Step fellowship of individuals (founded in 2000 by sober members of AA) who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders. People can and do fully recover from having an eating disorder. In EDA, we help one another identify and claim milestones of recovery. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from an eating disorder.

To join an online support group: http://eatingdisordersanonymous.org/online-meetings/

Meal and Snack Support

Health at Every Size (HAES)  Meal and Snack Support

HAES practitioners are offering free meal and snack support 24/7. This meal and snack support can be a vital resource for those who are seeking support in their recovery efforts. Visit @covid19eatingsupport on Instagram for more information.

Resources

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)

For support and to learn about treatment options, contact the NEDA Helpline  https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline or by calling (800) 931-2237

F.E.A.S.T.

For a variety of resources, including tips on how to get eating disorder help for your family while quarantined at home, helping children understand about Covid-19, mental health support and more, visit https://www.feast-ed.org/f-e-a-s-t-community-pandemic-support/

Helpful Apps 

Check out these apps that promote positive mental health, stress management and mindfulness. Thanks to Stay Strong Virginia for these tips!

  • What's Up is an amazing free app that uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help cope with depression, anxiety, stress and more. 

  • Smiling Mind is Australia's leading free meditation app developed by psychologists and educators, and offers daily mindfulness and meditation.

  • Calm is the #1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation

  • Headspace offers courses and meditation sessions to match your mood and lifestyle. Choose from sessions ranging from managing stress and anxiety to sleep and more.

  • Moodpath: Depression and Anxiety is a personalized mental health companion that allows you to check in with your emotional states, and reflect on your thoughts, feelings and experiences.