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Young family & friends eating disorder support groups

Get support with self-care and helping your family member or friend overcome an eating disorder or body image issue

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Who’s the group for?
  • Are you aged 16 – 25?
  • Do you know someone who has or might have an eating disorder or body image issue?

The person you know could be your mum, dad, brother, sister, friend, mate, partner, boyfriend or girlfriend or even someone you work with or don’t know very well.
If so, this group is here for you. Even if you’re not sure, you can give it a try to see if it’s for you.

Join free from anywhere in Australia

In this group, you’ll get support and guidance to help your friend, family and yourself through the challenges of an eating disorder.

The support group is a space where people can feel free to discuss topics related to recovery from disordered eating. This is a space for people to provide to provide and receive social support so that they can feel heard and understood. The support group does not replace treatment by a trained professional. As such, if you were wanting to get answers to specific practical questions around eating disorder recovery, it is best to either direct them to your treating professionals, or contact the Butterfly Foundation via phone or webchat. 

  • A safe and friendly space facilitated by our specialist counsellors
  • You don’t need to register – just log in
  • Join anonymously if you like.

When: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Second Wednesday of the Month)

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FAQs

Some frequently asked questions about our groups

What can I expect in my first chat?

You will be welcomed into an accepting space. The chat is focused on you can make time and space for yourself, while helping the person you know overcome their eating disorder. The chat will discuss topics related to making positive change.

What happens during the chat?

At the start of the chat, we’ll run through the chat rules and you can introduce yourself. For each chat, we have a topic to discuss and think or talk about your experience.

How is my privacy respected?

What is said in the chat stays in the chat. Your privacy and confidentiality are respected. 

I identify as a diverse identity, is this a safe space for me?

The Butterfly Foundation recognises that eating disorders can affect anyone regardless of race, colour, culture, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or gender identity. Our services are an inclusive and safe space for all members of our community.  

I am not sure if the person I know has an eating disorder (or they have not been diagnosed). Can I still attend?

If you are unsure whether your family member or friend is experiencing an eating disorder or has not been diagnosed you are still very welcome to attend.

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Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.  

 

We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›

Concerned parents & carers

Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.  

 

We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›

Teachers & Professionals Working with Young People

Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours.  Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people. 

We have a range of advice & resources ›