Virtual Eating Disorder Support Groups
We facilitate many weekly support groups for our alumni, families and community members, and during COVID-19, they are all being offered virtually in order to provide a safe space for connection.
Led by trained facilitators, our support groups are a place where you can connect with others who have had similar experiences to yours, are on a recovery journey, or who are supporting a loved one who is in treatment. These support groups are a supplemental resource only, and not a replacement for care received from a treatment team.
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Monday Evening Mental Health Support Group for People of Color
This support group is intended as a closed space designated for BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) and the unique mental health challenges that individual in this groups may be facing.
Monday Midday LGBTQ+ Eating Disorder & Body Image Support Group
The virtual LGBTQ+ Midday Eating Disorder Support Group is an opportunity for ERC alumni and community members to receive group support within a safe space for those who identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Wednesday Evening Family & Caregiver Support Group: Child & Adolescent Patient
Join fellow caregivers and family members for a weekly group offering support, education about eating disorders, and connection with other individuals with shared experiences.
Tuesday Evening Eating Disorders Alumni Support Group
Join fellow ERC alumni for support, education, and connection in navigating the twists and turns of eating disorder recovery.
Navigating Mental Health in Times of Uncertainty: Using Support Groups
We recognize that for many in our community who are in treatment or recovery, social distancing measures can be particularly challenging. As we all experience the impacts of COVID-19 in our daily lives, we may be feeling anxious, uncertain and isolated. We want you to know that you are not alone in this. We are here to support you in this difficult time and are committed to continuing to provide a variety of digitally available healing resources.
Eating Recovery Center | Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Centers have many resources available right now that can provide valuable connection and support. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources during this unprecedented time. Whether you’re a patient, an alum or a follower of ERC on social, we're here to provide you with valuable support—all that can be accessed from the comfort of your home.
Please check this page often in the coming weeks as we will be updating it with blogs, articles, videos, virtual support group information and other tools you can use to find hope and community through a difficult season.
The medical team at ERC Pathlight is working hard to provide ongoing updates on how we’re addressing the coronavirus in our treatment centers. Learn more about protocols, visitor policy, FAQs and tips for staying healthy on the COVID-19 resource page.
Online Support Resources for Eating Disorders
Blogs & Articles
- Self-Compassion Meditation | Dr. Andi Stone
- Self-Care for Mental Health Professionals | Ashley Solomon, PsyD
- How to Talk to Your Teen About Traumatic Events | Dr. Angela Derrick
- A Meditation to Help You Find Peace in Eating Disorder Recovery | Krista Erickson
- Mindful Breath Practice [Guided Mindfulness Meditation] | Ellie Pike
- You Can Manage Your Anxiety; Here’s How | Lara Schuster Effland
Online Communities and Media for Treatment and Recovery
Social Media Communities
Our growing social communities of over 200,000 followers offer a collaborative and inspiring experience, with a dedicated group of community members who are supportive, especially needed in times like this. During this time of social distancing, there’s no need to feel alone or isolated. Check out our social channels. You can find inspiration in the form of videos from our community members, positive quotes and resources to support your journey. Whether you enjoy Facebook, Instagram or other platforms, we are here to meet you where you are.
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Say It Brave
We can’t say enough about this amazing community and the regular ongoing support and inspiration it provides. Say It Brave is a free and inclusive community for everyone. Every week you will receive an email from a different leader in the mental health community across the nation, providing stories of strength, and resilience, and most of all, authenticity. Say It Brave also provides free tools for mental wellness, from resources designed by clinical experts to monthly webinars and weekly self-care and courage-boosting missions.
- How to recognize when depression is knocking on your door
- Tools for surviving, and ultimately, overcoming depression, no matter how dark it’s been
- Quick and easy self-compassion exercises to help you get out of bed and into the world
- Local and national resources to support your healing journey
Family Support Center
The Family Support Center is an online portal for family members and caregivers of patients in treatment. We provide encouragement through a Resource Center with tools and tips, meal management support, success stories from families just like you and more. We know how challenging it can be to see a loved one struggle with an eating disorder, so we are here to support you every step of the way!
We have a rich tapestry of blog content that can serve many different needs: from education to inspiration. Until recent years, there hasn’t been much information out there about eating disorders and mood and anxiety disorders. That’s why we started the ERC blog. Our goal is to educate our readers so they can learn about eating disorders and mental health, as well as find hope and inspiration through stories from those who’ve found recovery.
Mental Note Podcast
One way to fill yourself up with positivity and hope is by listening to the Mental Note podcast. Each episode features an inspiring individual who shares their story and provides informative resources that can help guide you toward recovery and mental wellness.