Siblings Support Groups

Everyone is affected

It’s often been said that when a family member has an eating disorder, the whole family has an eating disorder. Siblings are the silent sufferers and can become the eating disorder’s long-term “collateral damage”.  

Here at EDFA, we recognise that the intensity of living with an eating disorder in the family is felt acutely by all members, often for many, many years.

Siblings affected by eating disorders getting support.

A national Sibling Support Group

EDFA Siblings Support Groups are a safe space to give siblings a voice and acknowledgment for the range of emotions (i.e. sadness, confusion, helplessness, isolation, loneliness, fear, anger, frustration) and daily struggles of living with a sibling with an eating disorder.  

This support will help them to understand what their role as a sibling is.  

Date: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm AEDT 

Facilitators

Natalie Kuchenmeister, Educator & Lived Experience Carer
Robyn Gorfine, Educator & Lived Experience Carer
Olivia Larkin, Sibling with Lived Experience
Julia Wastell, Sibling with Lived Experience
Benita Bruce, Sibling with Lived Experience

Siblings Support Groups are a member-only service.

Each participating family will receive a FREE book for siblings aged 7-14 years “The Disappearing Sister”, kindly donated by the author, Elizabeth Cummings (valued at RRP $14.99): 

(Postage $6.00 & Support EDFA by purchasing a Baton for $5.00)

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What siblings will gain from the group

Siblings will learn that it is not their job to “fix” or take responsibility for their unwell sibling, but they can be there and make a difference, and most importantly, to take care of their own mental and physical health and wellbeing.

 

Some of the things we hope siblings will take away from our Siblings Support Groups are:

  • They have permission and are expected to move on in their own lives, and continue to enjoy the things that bring them joy and purpose, with no shame.
  • Their voice is as valid as any other voice in the family, and they will be heard and validated in the support group.

Ready to join?

Sibling Support Groups will be held on the second Thursday of every month via Zoom. Check the events calendar here.

To reserve a spot for your child:

Parents of siblings under 18
Download and sign the consent form here

Siblings 18+
Download and sign the consent form here

 

Return forms to admin@edfa.org.au.

Members need to be logged into their account to access the consent forms. Log in to your account If you are a member, please log into your account here

If not, become a member for just $25/year here

 

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