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.
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 (ie 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.
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.
Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year
EDFA is a proud not for profit, volunteer run organisation.
We invite you to be part of a revolutionary peer support group making positive changes in the Eating Disorder space. Strength in numbers means we are able to affect change and have the collective voice of the carers recognised.
We provide opportunities to connect with other parents and carers who share your experiences… helping you to feel less alone and isolated.
Yearly membership is just $25.
Members will receive a welcome pack, including information sheets, introductory discounts on selected Eating Disorder books, discounts to Eating Disorder conferences and events, free access to monthly statewide strive eating disorder support groups, bi-monthly national education sessions and daily online peer support through the private strive FB groups.