Helpful Resources and Support Groups
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of other information we should add. A big thanks to NEDA for helping gather information on virtual support groups and other resources.
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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.
AKEDA Family and Friends Support Group
The Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance offers a confidential Family and Friends Support Group the third Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Alaska time. held via Zoom. All are welcome. For Zoom information and resources, please register here.
Alaska Peer-Led Support Group for Individuals
A peer-led Alaska-based group for individuals 18+ who are struggling with or recovering from an eating disorder is held every Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Alaska Time. For more information, contact Cassie at email@example.com
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
Chats in the Living Room
Saturday mornings, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Alaska Time
Each Saturday, a different professional across the eating disorder field leads a free virtual discussion and answers questions for those who are seeking support, connection, healing and growth during these challenging times. Hosted by Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD. Click here for more information and to register for the Saturday groups. For virtual professionally led, low-fee support groups on parenting, intuitive eating, older adults, teens and meal support click here.
Eating Disorder Foundation Support Groups
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
The Eating Disorder Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, offers free, virtual eating disorders support groups from Monday through Saturday for Families and Friends, Individuals 18+, Men, LGBTQ+, Adolescents, Individuals 30+, Individuals 50+, and Trans & Non-Binary. 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. Please note that groups are capped at a certain number of attendees to ensure a supportive environment. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eatingdisorderfoundation.org/get-help/support-groups/
Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness Support Groups
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, a 501c3 nonprofit, provides free, virtual therapist-led support group services for Family and Friends, Pro-Recovery Individuals 18+, and LGBTQ+ Pro-Recovery. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com/recovery-programs-and-support/
ANAD Support Groups
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time and Pacific 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 specific groups for LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Older Teens, Older Adults, Teen & Young Adult, and People in Larger Bodies. Visit https://anad.org/online-support-groups/
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
Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA)
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
MEDA, a 501 c3 nonprofit, offers fee based (8) week courses led by Masters Level Therapists and free drop-in groups that are peer led. For the fee based groups receipts can be provided for insurance reimbursement; and financial assistance is available. The multi-week groups are for female identifying and non-binary, male identifying and non-binary, large bodies, binge eating disorder recovery, 13-17 years old, body image, and for those struggling to move forward with recovery. The free drop-in groups are Mondays for Families and Friends 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 visit https://www.medainc.org/services/heal/medas-recovery-groups/
Eating Recovery Center
Time Zone: Mountain Daylight/Standard Time
Eating Recovery Center (ERC) offers free, trained facilitator-led, support groups for those struggling with eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other disordered eating issues). ERC also offers some support groups for families and caregivers. These support groups provide support, resources and education on eating disorder treatment and recovery. Groups include Family and Caregiver Support, Mid-Day Eating Disorders Support, General Support, College Student/Early Adult Support, Binge Eating Support, Addictive Behavior Skills, Mental Health Support, LGBTQ+, and Clinicians in Recovery. For more information, visit https://www.eatingrecoverycenter.com/support-groups
F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment for Eating Disorders)
F.E.A.S.T. is a global support and education community of and for parents of those with eating disorders.
Project HEAL provides free, impartial, culturally-competent, and compassionate 1-hour phone assessments to anyone in the U.S. who believes they (or their child) might have an eating disorder. They will receive comprehensive 8+ page document with diagnosis, treatment recommendation, and referrals. We will also offer enrollment to one of our other three programs if applicable.
Other Helpful Resource on Eating Disorders
MSW (Masters in Social Work) Degrees has compiled "A Comprehensive Guide to Eating Disorders and How to Help"
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 prevention focussed mental health wellbeing app. Developed by psychologists and educators, and offers daily mindfulness and meditation.
Calm is the #1 app for sleep and meditation. Discover a happier, healthier you through meditations, sleep stories, music and more.
Headspace is everyday mindfulness and meditation so you can make mindfulness a daily habit and be kind to your mind. Get guided meditation courses and mindfulness exercises.