YouthConnect: Online Support Group (13-18)

Upcoming groups: 2019

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What is YouthConnect?

  • YouthConnect is a free, online support group currently offered to people with eating disorders aged 13-18 years.
  • YouthConnect 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.
  • 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.
Groups run from 7:30-9pm GMT

What happens when I log onto to the group?

From 7:30pm onwards, you will see an “Enter Now” button – click this to take part in the group. 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.

In the online group, people talk by typing in a text box at the bottom of the screen. A list of users who are logged on is shown on the left hand side.

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.

You do not have to ‘speak’ if you don’t feel ready. It is OK to simply observe.

There is no pressure to talk until you feel ready.

Ground Rules

  • We ask people in the group to avoid talking about specific weights, foods or the details of behaviours they are engaging in. This helps everyone feel safe and supported so that people can talk about how they are feeling.
  • Bodywhys provides confidential support services within the limits of its Child Protection Policy. 
  • Please note, this group is not for family members, friends, partners or researchers and professionals/treatment providers.
Registration process and logging on
  • Registration and logging on: Register for this service here, or if you already have an account login here.
  • 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.

Some tips on using the service and Netiquette

    • 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 Bodywhys YouthConnect in the interim.