Support for Siblings

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

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.

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.

If you’re 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.
Siblings affected by eating disorders getting support.

What to expect

  • 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

Our Group Facilitators

Educators and Live Experience Carers

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 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30pm AEDT (Melbourne/Sydney time). Check out our online calendar for details.

Parents are welcome to join to support your child, however we ask that you don’t appear in view of the camera.

How to join a Group

The Sibling Support Group is only accessible to EDFA financial members.

If you’re already a member of the program, look out for email reminders closer to the event.

Contact the EDFA Support Program team to enquire about joining the program.

Your membership options

FeaturesNon-Member $0Member $25p/yr
24/7 Daily Support Forum
National Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any eating disorder
Special Carer Support Groups' (ARFID - run monthly, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder - run quarterly)
Support Groups (run quarterly)
strive4Men  - A group for male carers, and those who identify as male (run quarterly)
Siblings Support Group
Twice Monthly Education Sessions with experts from the eating disorder field and those with lived experience
Access to Member Only Content
Access to Digital Library - Webinar recordings (over 120 hours)
Member Recommendations - GP's, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Dietitians, Peer Mentors, Recovery Coaches and More. Updated monthly.
Information Packs
strive Monthly topic sheets and talking points
Downloadable EDucational Resources
Discounts to events and conferences
A voice of change in the ED space

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