Connect with others who have shared similar experiences

The Peer Support Group aims to provide those in recovery with an opportunity to connect with other 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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Common benefits of peer support groups include:

  • Feeling less isolated
  • Receiving practical information based on personal experience
  • Receiving emotional support
  • Receiving practical support
  • Gaining insight into how to deal with a common problem
  • Gaining broader insight into yourself and your life
  • Gaining a greater sense of control over the problem (leading to high rates of active coping and problem solving)
  • Expanding or changing some of your social network
  • Using your experience to help others
  • Building or rebuilding trust in others

From (Charles Drebing, 2016)

Personal experiences

“[Peer Support Group] is held both in person and online so even if you can’t make it to West End it’s still possible to engage with the group and get support.”

“Because Peer Support Group is facilitated by peer workers and lived experience speakers, it always feels like an instantly validating and supportive space to me.”

“Peer Support Group is a wonderful casual and supportive space to meet and chat with other people in all different stages of recovery.”

“It’s a chance to slow down and check in with myself and my community.”
“Peer Support Group provides in-depth, true, and genuine connection with community.”
“It sucks doing recovery by yourself, and it feels really important to check in with a community.”
“I attend Peer Support Group to feel less alone. It’s nice talking to others who get it and really encouraging I think to hear from those a little further along in recovery.”
“PSG is an amazing accepting space. Even though I consider myself recovered I enjoy PSG because it gives me a sense of connection, and a valuable sense of validation for my own experience of illness and recovery. At the time I was too busy fighting to recognise the enormity of what I was doing, and now through witnessing others’ illness and recovery experiences I can understand what I have done too.”

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All donations over $2 to Eating Disorders Queensland gives 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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Eating Disorders Queensland

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

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

CALL: (07) 3844 6055

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