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Support Groups (18+)

Support Services Update: Coronavirus/COVID-19

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Ireland is changing daily, but supporting people with eating disorders remains our top priority.

Due to the ongoing circumstances in Ireland, we cannot run our Dublin city centre face-to-face groups at present.

If you wish to contact someone at Bodywhys for support, please use the email support service

Our other support services for people with eating disorders are operating as normal:

Click here for further updates on our support services during this time.

Free Support Groups

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+.

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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.

What is a Bodywhys Support Group?

Bodywhys operates two types of support groups: one for people with eating disorders and another for families and friends. The support group is a space where people can come together, with 2 trained facilitators to get and give support to one another about what they are experiencing and coping with.

Bodywhys 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.

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 space for people with eating disorders to talk through their feelings and difficulties with others going through a similar experience. The group is available to people 18 years+.

Group for Family and Friends

This group provides 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 is held separately, providing an opportunity for family members to talk through their experience.

What Happens When I Go To A group?

People are welcomed by Bodywhys facilitators and are provided with tea/coffee, if they wish. The groups start promptly at the time indicated, so it is helpful to arrive a few minutes in advance. When people take their seat, they will have an opportunity to read through the ground rules/guidelines for the group. These will be repeated by the facilitator when the group starts.

When the group starts, 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 space is safe for all attending. If you feel uncomfortable or upset, do make sure to talk this through before leaving the session. Bodywhys facilitators are always available at the end of a session.

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How Long Does A Group 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.