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Support Services – Christmas 2013

December 17, 2013

Bodywhys support services through the Christmas period.   Christmas tips   Helpline – closed Christmas Day (Dec 25th), St. Stephen’s Day (Dec 26th), New Year’s Eve (Dec 31st), New Year’s Eve (Jan 1st). The helpline will operate as normal at all other times.   Support groups – Trinity College Dublin, closed until January 15th, 2014. […]

Seminar – Airbrushing: A Touchy Subject

November 18, 2013

          Date: Friday 22nd November 2013 Time: 10.30am – 4pm (tea/coffe/lunch provided)Location: European Parliament Offices, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 This event, hosted by Nessa Childers, MEP, will provide a forum to review, discuss and debate the often contentious topic of airbrushed, photo-shopped or digitally enhanced media images. Programme: 10.30 am […]

Research Survey: Health Literacy in Irish Students

October 30, 2013

Bodywhys, in cojunction with the Union of Students in Ireland, is researching students’ knowledge of eating disorders and their impressions of individuals affected by this issue. The survey is anonymous, completely voluntary and takes 5-15 minutes to complete. If you are a third level student in Ireland, please check your mailbox to find out more. […]

World Mental Health Day 2013

October 8, 2013

The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day, an initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health. The theme this year is ‘Mental Health and older adults’.  This is an opportunity for Bodywhys to raise awareness of the issue of eating disorders among older adults. There is a misconception that eating disorders only affect […]

Carlow Support Group: October 2nd

October 1, 2013

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Bodywhys Carlow support group for friends and family members is not running on Wednesday, October 2nd. The Carlow support group for people with eating disorders is going ahead as normal (October 2nd). Friends and family members can contact the Bodywhys helpline tomorrow evening, and at any […]

October Workshop: Body image in the classroom

October 1, 2013

Body image in the classroom: An introductory workshop for primary school teachers This introductory workshop will be delivered by: Dr Deirdre Cowman, psychologist and children’s author, and Fiona Flynn D?sc?lescu, Youth Development Officer with Bodywhys. Date and Time: Tuesday, October 22nd, 7.00 – 9.00pm Location: Drumcondra Education Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. To book a place […]

Technology for Well-being Conference

September 18, 2013 are hosting the Technology for Well-being Conference on September 25th and 26th. On Thursday, September 25th, Bodywhys Services Co-ordinator, Harriet Parsons, will be speaking about the role of online support groups in the eating disorder recovery process.    

TCD Support Group: Autumn 2013

September 3, 2013

The Bodywhys face to face support group for students (18+) attending Trinity College Dublin resumes on Wednesday, September, 18th.  When: 6-7:30pm Where: The Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Student Counselling Service, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2 New and returning users are welcome. Click here to learn more about Bodywhys support groups.

Information Afternoon: Donegal

September 1, 2013

An information afternoon on eating disorders for GPs, health professionals & members of the public Date:  Thursday, 5th September 2013 Location: The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal For informal enquiries contact: Aisling on 087-0996188 or Adele on 086-0224327

Schools Programme Volunteers Needed (Dublin)

August 19, 2013

Bodywhys is seeking volunteers for our ‘Be Body Positive’ schools programme in the Dublin area. The ‘Be Body Positive’ schools programme is for young people aged 12-20 in the secondary school and youth group setting.  The aim of the programme is to encourage discussion in the area of body image and self esteem, to provide […]

Youth Panel Meeting: August

August 19, 2013

When: Friday, August 23rd, 2013. Where: Room 3069 in the Arts Building in Trinity College, Dublin. Time: 2pm-4pm If you are interested in coming or would like more information please contact Fiona – Bodywhys Youth Panel

Bodwhys Annual Report 2012

July 30, 2013

The Bodywhys Annual Report for 2012 is now available online. Some highlights include: Bodywhys provided support services to over 2,500 people in 2012. During the year, calls to the helpline represented 25.9% of service provision with 8.9% of those representing a crisis call. Contact to our email support service saw an increase of 10.8% when […]

Youth Panel Meeting

July 3, 2013

When: Thursday, 11th July, 2013. Where: Room 3069 in the Arts Building in Trinity College. Time: 2pm-4pm If you are interested in coming or would like more information please contact Fiona  

Research: Are You a Parent?

June 5, 2013

      Research focus: Are you a parent? Have you had experience with support services for the treatment of your child’s eating disorder?   Researchers from DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance are conducting a study to explore people’s experiences of support services for Eating Disorders in Ireland. They are particularly interested in […]

Research: Living with and Supporting a Person with an Eating Disorder

May 30, 2013

An exploration of the experience of living with and supporting a person with an eating disorder: a partner’s perspective My name is Patricia O’Connor. I am a PhD student at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, Dublin and am currently undertaking a research study. This study aims to build on the very small […]

Diploma Course: Introduction to Eating Disorders

May 21, 2013

Overview This 10-week diploma will introduce and examine key themes in the spectrum of eating disorders. Eating disorders encompass a wide field and include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder and other food-related disorders. These disorders are as prevalent as they are misunderstood and this diploma seeks to dispel many of the myths that have […]

Youth Panel Meeting: May 11th

May 9, 2013

The next meeting of the Bodywhys Youth Panel is taking place this coming weekend. When: Saturday, 11th May, 2013. Where: Temple Bar Hotel, Dublin 2. Time: 12pm-2pm Directions

Online Groups: Reminders

May 3, 2013

May 3rd, 2013 Recently, there was a technical fault in that we were unable to send out email reminders for our online groups. This issue has now been resolved. Thank you for bearing with us.

Join Team Bodywhys for the 2013 Flora Women’s Mini Marathon

March 30, 2013

Online entries for the 2013 Flora Women’s Mini Marathon are now open – you can apply online now via the Mini Marathon Website Be part of the Bodywhys team and help us raise much needed funds – you can run, jog or walk the marathon. Bodywhys can provide you with a sponsorship card and Bodywhys tshirt. […]

Information Evening: Binge Eating Disorder

March 14, 2013

Information Evening: Binge Eating Disorder Location: St. Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin When: Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30pm All welcome Prebooking is not required.  

Volunteer Recruitment: Sligo

March 13, 2013

Bodywhys is currently recruiting face to face support group volunteers in the Sligo area. What is a Bodywhys support group? Commitment: Volunteers are required to commit to the service for 2 – 4 hours per month, and a minimum of one year. Requirements: To be considered for a voluntary position within Bodywhys you must be: […]

Eating Disorders Alpbach 2013

March 13, 2013

Event: Eating Disorders Alpbach 2013 Anorexia Nervosa & Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Obesity When: October 17-19, 2013 Where: Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria   Website:    

Information Evening: Wicklow

March 13, 2013

Wicklow Mental Health Assocation is hosting an information evening with Bodywhys. Where: The Grand Hotel, Wicklow town When: Wednesday, March 13th at 8pm.  This event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

Bodywhys Information Stand

February 15, 2013

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013 Event: Bodywhys Information Stand. Friday, February 15th Time: All day Location: St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin 4.

Eating Disorders: An Information Meeting – Sligo

February 14, 2013

Eating Disorders: An information meeting for GPs, other health professionals, and members of the public. Thursday, February 14th Time: 1:30pm-5pm Location: Clarion Hotel, Sligo Speakers: See below.    

Public Awareness Talk on Eating Disorders: Monaghan

February 13, 2013

Public Awareness Talk on Eating Disorders Wednesday, February 13th Time: 6pm Location: Monaghan Town Library All are welcome to attend.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013

February 11, 2013

For more on Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2013 see here.

E-mail Update

February 11, 2013

***February 13th*** Our e-mail systems, including the Alex e-mail support service, are now back to normal.  Thank you for bearing with us.

EDAW 2013: Information Talk for GPs

February 11, 2013

  Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013 Event: Information talk for GPs. Monday, February 11th Time: 7pm Location: St. John of God’s Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Speaker: Dr. Terence Larkin  

SeeMySelf Programme

February 10, 2013

SeeMySelf – is an online psycho-education programme designed for young people aged 15-24. This programme focuses on different issues such as self-esteem, body image and media, and culture. Participants work through each of the six modules week by week, and are supported by an online supporter who will check in with them online once a […]

Helpline Working

February 10, 2013

February 12th Our helpline is now operational again. Thank you for bearing with us. The line is open until 12:30pm today, Tuesday, Feb 12th. For a full list of opening hours and information about the helpline, see here. The number to contact is 1890 200 444. This service is open to people affecting by eating […]

Eating Disorders: An Information Meeting

February 5, 2013

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013 Event: Eating Disorders: An Information meeting for GPs, other health professionals, and members of the public. Thursday, February 14th Time: 1:30pm-5pm Location: Clarion Hotel, Sligo Speakers: See details below.

Bodywhys selected as ARAMARK’s Leinster charity of the year

February 4, 2013

Each year, ARAMARK Ireland employees are asked to nominate charities from their local area which they feel are in need of ARAMARK’s support. Four charities are selected from those nominated to represent each province. They are: • Bodywhys – Eastern Region • Console – Western Region • Red Branch – Southern Region • Chest, Heart […]

Online Support Groups: Demonstration Video

January 22, 2013

We run two online support groups for people with eating disorders  – Bodywhys Connect for those aged 19+, and our Teens Online Support Group for those aged 13-18. Sometimes people are a little nervous about what the groups might be like, we have posted this short video on how the groups work (sound is not required).

Message Boards Closure

January 8, 2013

Our message boards date back to 2006, and we have seen variety of posts and comments over this time.  In recent years, we have changed the structure and organisation of our boards, and taken a more upfront role in providing feedback to posters through the presence of the Moderator, Alex_Bodywhys. After careful consideration, we have […]

Youth Panel Meeting: 3rd January, 2013

January 2, 2013

The next meeting of the Youth Panel takes place on Thursday, 3rd January, 2013. For further information please click here.  Here, you can also find a short video from members of the Youth Panel. Stay tuned for more clips. If you are interested in joining the Bodywhys Youth Panel, please email Fiona at