Support for Siblings

Each family member of a loved one with an eating disorder can experience the diagnosis differently.

EDFA’s Sibling Support Group welcomes siblings aged 10 to adult each month on Zoom to join together with activities, and feel loved and supported by their peers. It’s also an opportunity to take care of their own mental and physical health and wellbeing.

We believe that it is important that siblings are given a safe space to share their experience with others who understand what they are going through.

If you are a sibling, know that:

  • It is not your job to fix your brother or sister. Continue to just be their sibling.

  • Your needs are just as important as your sibling’s, and you also deserve support.

  • You have permission to find things you enjoy without feeling guilty.

What to expect from Siblings Support Groups

  • One-hour groups
  • Siblings will be put into Zoom breakout groups based on their age
  • No expectation to share – feel free to come along and listen
  • Run by facilitators with their own experience caring for a loved one with an eating disorder

Group Facilitators

Educators + Carers with Lived-Experience
  • Natalie Kuchenmeister
  • Robyn Gorfine
Adult Siblings with Lived-Experience
  • Julia Wastell
  • Olivia Larkin
  • Benita Bruce

When is the next Support Group?

The Sibling Support Group runs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm AEST (Melbourne/Sydney time). Check out our online calendar for details.


How to join a Group

To protect carers’ privacy, the link to join a Carer Support Group on Zoom is not available to the public. You will either need to be a member of EDFA, or participant in our closed Facebook group.

Click the link in the table below to access via our website or Facebook.

Contact our team for queries regarding EDFA’s Carer Support Groups.