Support Groups in your local area

Carlow

Group for people with eating disorders

Location:  The Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street.

Date & Time: Currently closed

More Details: **Update: 31/05/2016** - The Carlow group is now closed for the summer of 2016. This group is for people aged 18+. A map of the location is available at http://www.tinyurl.com/BWCarlowGroup

Dublin

Group for people with eating disorders (City Centre)

Location:  The Friends Meeting House, 4/5 Eustace Street, Dublin 2.

Date & Time: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm.

More Details: This group is for people aged 18+. A map of the location is available at http://www.tinyurl.com/BWDublinGroup

Group for Family and Friends (City Centre)

Location:  The Friends Meeting House, 4/5 Eustace Street, Dublin 2.

Date & Time: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm.

More Details: This group is for people aged 18+. Further details for these groups is available by contacting the Bodywhys central office on 01-283 4963.

Trinity College Dublin Group

Location:  The Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Student Counselling Service, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2

Date & Time: 1st Wednesday of each month at 6pm

More Details: Resumes October 7th, 2015 *** PLEASE NOTE *** This group is for students of Trinity College only. Public support groups are available in Dublin (Central) as well as other locations across the country.

Sligo

Group for Family and Friends

Location:  Markievicz House, Sligo

Date & Time: Currently closed

More Details: ***Update: Jan 2016*** Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Sligo group is not operating at present. An update will be posted when it is available. This group is for people aged 18+. It is for family and friends of those affected by eating disorders. Further details for these groups is available by contacting the Bodywhys central office on 01-283 4963.

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What is a Bodywhys Support Group?

Bodywhys operates two types of support groups around Ireland: one for people with eating disorders and another for families and friends. 

Please note that Bodywhys provides confidential support services within the limits of its Child Protection Policy.

 

Group for People with Eating Disorders

The aim of the groups is to provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for people with eating disorders to discuss and share feelings and difficulties with others going through a similar experience. The group is available to people 18 years+.

Group for Family and Friends

These groups provide family and friends of people experiencing an eating disorder with an opportunity to give and receive support from others going through a similar experience. This group provides practical support and information, as well as creating an opportunity to discuss and share feelings in a non-judgemental environment. The group is held separately, providing the opportunity for family members to talk through their experience.

Who Runs The Groups?

The groups are run by volunteers with a knowledge and understanding of eating disorders. Each group has two facilitators, both of whom have completed training in facilitation, group skills, listening skills, eating disorders and self care. There are male and female facilitators, of all ages and nationalities.

What Is Available At A Session?

Support, information and understanding. Bodywhys support groups are based on the concept of mutual support and self help. They do not provide therapy.

What Happens When I Go To A group?

People are welcomed by Bodywhys facilitators and are provided with tea/ coffee if they wish at some groups. The groups start promptly at the time indicated, so it is helpful to arrive a few minutes in advance. Each person is asked to give their first name to the group. Confidentiality and respect are emphasised. The group generally determines what is discussed at each session. The facilitators do not have a set agenda. People attending are under no obligation to speak during a session. The facilitators ensure the environment is safe for all attending. If you feel uncomfortable or upset, do make sure to talk this through before leaving the session. Our facilitators are always available at the end of a session.

How Long Does A Session Last?

A group runs from 1.5 to 2 hours. If you need to leave early for personal reasons, it is helpful to mention to a facilitator before the session starts.

How Much Does It Cost?

Bodywhys support group sessions are FREE. If you would like to make a donation towards the running of a group, a donation box is available.

When Is A Good Time To Attend A Group?

If you feel alone in your eating disorder and feel it would be helpful to share your experience and listen to others, a support group provides a safe environment to meet others going through a similar struggle. There are particular times when it may be more suitable to attend. For example, where someone may be going through an inpatient treatment programme, Bodywhys suggests coming to the group a week before discharge.

More information available by contacting the Bodywhys Office at 01-2834963