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BodywhysConnect: Online Support Group (19+)

Upcoming groups: 2022

When June July August
Monday 7:30pm 4th 1st
Wednesday 7:30pm 1st 13th 10th
Monday 7:30pm 6th 18th 15th
Wednesday 7:30pm 15th 27th 24th
Monday 7:30pm 20th 29th
Wednesday 7:30pm 29th
Groups run from 7:30pm-9pm (local time in Ireland)

What is BodywhysConnect?

  • BodywhysConnect is a free, online support group currently offered to people with eating disorders aged 19 years and over. 
  • BodywhysConnect groups are run by trained facilitators and the service is supervised by a member of staff, our Support Services Manager.
  • BodywhysConnect is a space where people can come together to get and give support to one another about what they are experiencing and coping with.
  • The online support groups are based on the idea of mutual support. They are not a therapy group, although they often have a therapeutic effect, helping a person to feel calmer and more able to cope.
  • If you are aged 13-18 years, please use YouthConnect

We are excited to launch our new online support group for men during Mens Health Week 2022. The group will meet on a monthly basis in addition to our current Bodywhys Connect online support groups. To register please see here


Reference: Ward, Z.J. et al (2019) Estimation of Eating Disorders Prevalence by Age and Associations With Mortality in a Simulated Nationally Representative US Cohort. JAMA Network Open, 2(10), e1912925


To opt in to the men only group, please see below explainer video:

From 7:30pm onwards, you will see an “Enter Now” button – click this to take part in the group. It’s OK if you arrive after the group starts, or if you have to log off before 9pm. In the online group, people talk by typing in a text box at the bottom of the screen. A list of active users is shown on the left hand side. Our software has been designed and tested to work on mobile devices.

People are welcomed by Bodywhys facilitators. The facilitators will post the ground rules/guidelines for the group. Confidentiality and respect are emphasised. There is no obligation to mention your diagnosis, nor do you need a diagnosis to use the group.

The facilitators do not have a set list of topics. Users attending are free to suggest what they wish to discuss. Group users attending do not have to speak during a group. It is OK to simply observe and listen. The facilitators ensure the space is safe for all attending. If you feel uncomfortable or upset, do make sure to talk this through before leaving the group.

All registered users are welcome to login for a support group. If you are not already registered, Register Now! Please ensure that you activate your user ID through the confirmation email, if you do not receive it, please check your spam/junk mail folder in case it ended up there by mistake.

For those already registered, please click here to launch Bodywhys Connect

Thank you for registering message

Sample registration email to activate your account.

Sample message indicating your account is active and ready to use.

  • Use short sentences, or send long sentences in parts, adding ’…’ at the end of each part so that everybody knows you are not finished yet! It makes it easier to read for others.
  • Please remember to respect other’s opinions and be courteous towards all participants.
  • The service should be used for finding and providing support, not for finding new ways of perpetuating your eating disorder.
  • You do not have to contribute if you do not want to.
  • Occasionally difficulties may arise either on the server that hosts our site or with our own application. We endeavour to resolve thee issues promptly, but you may on occasion experience difficulty logging in to BodywhysConnect in the interim.

Ground Rules

Please note, this group is not for family members, friends, partners or researchers and professionals/treatment providers.

At Bodywhys, we believe people can and do recover from eating disorders.

Bodywhys provides confidential support services within the limits of its Child Protection Policy – PDF.


Video demonstration