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Peer Support Sessions

The Peer Support Sessions provide a non-therapeutic, practical and social support from a peer who understands lived experience. It gives hope to clients and the opportunity to practice the skills learnt in therapy in a safe and supportive space. 

Importantly, peer support workers assist clients in normalising the experience of having an eating disorder which can significantly contribute to their overall recovery goals. 

Clients are offered ten sessions which can take place either face-to-face or via telehealth. 

An interpersonal approach aims to encourage, inspire and educate clients. They assist in building confidence and resilience, inspiring them with examples from their life and showing them that their challenges can be overcome. This personal connection can help to break down a client’s barriers and is an essential component in building trust. This trusted relationship is often challenging but is vital to encouraging a client’s recovery.

 

The support and understanding I received from my peer support worker has probably been one of the biggest influences in my recovery, especially pushing through that quasi-recovery stage, as I learnt that I am not alone in my thoughts and that it is possible to get through them and recover. I have learnt so much about myself and feel like I have role models that I can now look up to and have shown me that recovery, not only from an eating disorder but other mental health challenges as well, is possible. Life outside of my mind exists and it can be wonderful.

The concept of having a peer support worker with lived experience is so incredible and has really helped me be open with them. I know that they have had similar thoughts and experiences and they have helped guide me through them and explained how they may have challenged them through their recovery.”

Peer Support Group

The Peer Support Group aims to provide those in recovery with an opportunity to connect with peers who have shared similar experiences.

Groups will be facilitated by Eating Disorders Queensland staff with lived experience, who will work alongside group participants to find solutions to common problems and help to navigate the pathway to recovery.

Each session is based on group-led discussion, aiming to foster and support recovery and offer an opportunity to connect with others who also have experience of eating issues and/or recovery. Each group contains at least one EDQ worker with lived experience, who helps to ensure that conversations are safe for all participants. Participants can choose which sessions to attend, and sessions are open to all stages of recovery, and all types of eating issues.

Peer Support Group is held three times a month on a Thursday evening, alternating between an online group and an in-person group. If you are interested in attending the group or finding out more, please contact us.

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Peer Mentor Program (PMP)

This program supports people recovering from an eating disorder by partnering mentees with mentors who have recovered from an eating disorder.

Donate today

All donations over $2 to Eating Disorders Queensland are tax deductible and give real people access to counselling, practical assistance to support recovery, groups, equipment for the centre and books for our library. You can make a one-off or regular monthly donation. We would love to acknowledge your generosity and support. Please let us know if you would like to be listed as one of our supporters on either our website or in our annual report.

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Volunteers support our valuable work and goals. We offer a range of volunteering opportunities across a broad range of interest areas, such as event planning, administration tasks, cooking, and gardening. Join our volunteer team or keep an eye out for specific volunteer opportunities via our social media.

Eating Disorders Queensland

We support a vibrant community of individuals recovering from an eating disorder, including people with lived experiences, carers and family members.

LOCATION:
51 Edmondstone Street,
Yuggera Country,
South Brisbane, QLD 4101

CALL: (07) 3844 6055

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