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YouthConnect: Online Support Group (13-18)

Upcoming groups: 2022

Groups run from 7:30-9pm (local time in Ireland)

What is YouthConnect?

  • YouthConnect is a free, online support group currently offered to people with eating disorders aged 13-18 years.
  • YouthConnect groups are run by trained facilitators and the service is supervised by a member of staff, our Support Services Manager.
  • YouthConnect 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 turn 19 years of age whilst using YouthConnect, you will need to move to our adult service, BodywhysConnect. Please contact to request that your YouthConnect account is deleted. You can then create a new account on BodywhysConnect. You can use the same user ID, provided it’s not used by someone else.
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.

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