Glasgow and West Scotland Eating Disorders Service
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We have a new Mindfulness Club group starting in Spring 2018 for anyone over 16 years with, or without, personal experience of an eating disorder/disordered eating.
What is Mindfulness? ‘Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life’. (www.mindfulnet.org). The Mindfulness Club is a:
Interested? Get in touch here or join our Meetup space (see button below). We have a separate Meetup space for these groups given they are non-eating disorder specific.
Given we have a bi-annual Meetup subscription to pay, we ask that you only join our Meetup spaces if you definitely intend to attend groups. You must join the Meetup space to attend - we cannot email everyone individually when we host groups/clubs. Thanks!
Our established Eating Disorder Support Group started in Spring 2010. It has been very valuable to 100s of people from all over Scotland. We've seen many people 'recover' and make many changes in their lives. This is so inspiring and rewarding to witness!
Unlike many other support groups - eating disorder and non-eating disorder - our groups are regulated, have boundary and confidentiality policies and are managed by both professionals and volunteers with personal experience of eating disorders who have now recovered.
Many support groups don't have these standards and are poorly managed and regulated. Some of us have been to such groups and we know what works and what doesn't work. This is why our support groups are successful and have a good reputation.
Talking with others who have similar issues surrounding food and eating, and with people who have now recovered, can be very valuable.
Everyone attending support groups – members, volunteers and staff - really understand, listen, and provide lots of encouragement and support. We never judge. Support groups are pro-recovery and have guidelines in place to ensure groups are not triggering, don't mention weights, measures or appearance and are as safe as they can possibly be.
See more about our Eating Disorder Support Groups and our other Support Groups, Social Clubs and Mindfulness Club below.
At last! I have found somewhere I feel safe and comfortable talking and sharing what I am going through.
- Support Group Member -
Eating Disorder Support Groups may be something that can help you on the road to getting better and getting some support and understanding with your eating and food difficulties. You are very welcome to come along. Support groups:
PLEASE NOTE: we don't currently have a Family and Friends Support Group running, however, if you are interested in one, please let us know and, if we get enough interest, we will start one. Get in touch via the Contact Us Form here.
Family and Friend Support Groups are for anyone who is 'supporting' a friend, family member, or partner with an eating disorder or disordered eating.
Supporting someone with food and eating-associated problems can be difficult and stressful in many ways. It can be painful to watch someone we care about experience problems with eating and food.
You may really want to do everything you can to help your loved one get 'better’ or seek help and support for an eating disorder. However, it’s important that supporters remain strong and cared for too. It’s difficult to support people if we are not looking after ourselves, are feeling stressed or anxious, are worrying all the time and not taking time away from the ‘eating disorder’. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
Family and Friend Support Groups provide a time and space to care for yourself and share some of your thoughts and feelings with others who may have similar experiences. We also offer one-to-one therapy, counselling and psychotherapy to Family and Friends too. See Get Help and Support section for details.
We have other Support Groups that are open to anyone over 16 years with, or without, personal experience of an eating disorder/disordered eating including the Glasgow Women's Support Group (GWSG). PLEASE NOTE: this is currently on hold. We hope to reintroduce it if we get more interest. It's a:
Interested? Please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Form here . Alternatively, join the separate Meetup space we have called 'Glasgow Support Groups' (see button below). We have a separate Meetup space for these groups given they are non-eating disorder specific.
Given we have to pay for a Meetup subscription bi-annually, we ask that you only join our Meetup spaces if you definitely intend to come to groups. You must join the Meetup space to attend Support Groups - we cannot email everyone individually when we host groups. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or need any more information. Thanks!
We believe that participating in various types of social and occupational activity is very important to making changes and recovering from any mental health problem, including eating disorders.
Social clubs and activities are a vital part of recovery and can help in so many ways: make new friends; challenge social anxiety; try new things; learn new skills; challenge control and routine; are relaxing; and allow you to engage in 'me' time. Having an enjoyable time away from your problems for a little while can really aid recovery.
We provide various social activities, including the following:
.... and lots more!
We welcome your ideas and suggestions, so please feel free to let us know what social and occupational activities and clubs you would like us to offer.
As with support group meetings, social activities, such as Coffee and Chat Clubs and Book Groups are scheduled on our Meetup website so that they are readily available for you to see, as, and when, they are scheduled. Please read more about Meetup in the section above about Support Groups. Thanks!
Please feel free to join our private Meetup web-space below if you are interested in social clubs and activities. Please join the Meetup space only if you intend to come to groups, as we do have to pay a bi-annual subscription to use Meetup. Thanks!
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