Pilar Programme for Families

Why do we provide this programme?

Supporting family and parents has always been a core aspect of our work. As such, we now offer parents and families a free four week (1 evening per week) structured programme, incorporating both psycho-education and support, as well as practical advice and skills to help you support your family member towards recovery.

In particular, the programme addresses:

  • Understanding eating disorders
  • Understanding the mindset of a person, how to manage at home
  • Dealing with meal times, routines, different behaviours and triggers
  • Recovery – what is the recovery process and how does it happen?

Who can attend?

Parents, carers, grandparents, siblings, partners / spouses and friends supporting someone affected by an eating disorder are welcome to attend. The PiLaR programme is not designed for professionals.

Bookings and Contact

Since 2014, the programme has been delivered in Athlone, Cavan, Carlow/Kilkenny, Cork, Dublin (Cabra, Linn Dara – Cherry Orchard, Dublin North City & County – Swords and St. Vincent’s University Hospital), Kerry, Limerick, Mayo, Sligo and Waterford.

  • If you work for the HSE, or a community organisation, and wish to request PiLaR in your area, please contact Harriet Parsons, Training and Development Manager, 01-2834963 helpline@bodywhys.ie

Places are FREE, but booking is essential

  • If you wish to book a place as a parent, carer or family member, please contact Helen McSherry, Acting Administrator, 01-2834963 helen@bodywhys.ie

2018 programmes

Clonmel, Tipperary – March 1st, 2018

Bodywhys and HSE South Tipperary Mental Health Services invite you to attend PiLaR: Peer Led Resilience, a 4 week evening programme.

Tipperary, March 2018 poster – PDF

When: 4 Thursdays in March. Commencing on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Venue: Clonmel Park Hotel, Cahir Road Rooundabout, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Limerick – March 1st, 2018

Bodywhys and Limerick Mental Health Services invite you to attend PiLaR: Peer Led Resilience, a 4 week evening programme.

Limerick March 2018 poster – PDF

When: 4 Thursdays in March. Commencing on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Venue: Maldron Hotel Limerick, Southern Ring Road, Roxboro Road, Limerick, V94 EDP4.

Stillorgan, Dublin – April 12th, 2018

Bodywhys and St. John of God Eating Disorder Recovery Centre invite you to attend PiLaR: Peer Led Resilience, a 4 week evening programme.

Stillorgan April 2018 poster – PDF

When: 4 Thursdays in April (from April 12th – 3rd May)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: The Conference Centre, St. John of God Hosptial, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin – September 6th, 2018

Bodywhys and St. Vincent’s University Hospital invite you to attend PiLaR: Peer Led Resilience, a 4 week evening programme.

St. Vincent’s University Hospital – Sept 2018 poster – PDF

When: 4 Thursdays in September (from September 6th – 27th)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Nurse Education Centre, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.

Contact me about future PiLaR programmes

Your name will be added to a list to be contacted in the event the programme comes to your county. Your personal information is not circulated outside of Bodywhys.







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