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 EDQ 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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"It was scary (attending for the first time) but everyone seems really nice. There are the typical fears that I'm not sick enough to deserve to be a part of the group, but I'm pushing through anyway. I think I'll be joining in from now on!"
Common benefits of peer support groups include:
1. Feeling less isolated
2. Receiving practical information based on personal experience
3. Receiving emotional support
4. Receiving practical support
5. Gaining insight into how to deal with a common problem
6. Gaining broader insight into yourself and your life
7. Gaining a greater sense of control over the problem (leading to high rates of active coping and problem solving)
8. Expanding or changing some of your social network
9. Using your experience to help others
10. Building or rebuilding trust in others
From (Charles Drebing, 2016)
Peer Support Group is held fortnightly 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 EDQ.