strive Carer Support Program

What is the strive Carer Support Program?

The strive Carer program provides support to adult parents and caregivers of a loved one with an eating disorder. Our program is run by parents and carers sharing their lived experience to ‘support, teach, reassure, inform, validate and empower’ through online support groups and a daily support forum.

We share hope and optimism that recovery is possible, and through our supportive community, carers feel less alone.   #youarenotalone

Our strive community nurtures self-care and creates a safe and comfortable space for our members to connect with each other.

strive Daily Support Forum

Our strive Carer Support Program includes a private, daily support forum on Facebook – a 24/7 community for parents and caregivers of those with eating disorders, moderated by carers with lived experience.

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The strive Australia Facebook group provides a supportive community and a safe, confidential, comfortable space, for adult caregivers of individuals living with an eating disorder. 

We also use this platform to post updates on the strive program, upcoming EDucation webinars, links to eating disorder resources, and opportunities to advocate for better support for eating disorders.

strive Carer Support Groups

We deliver online strive Carer Support Groups for parents and caregivers of those with eating disorders.

Support groups are a safe and comfortable space to connect with others going through similar experiences. Chatting in small, relaxed groups you can share as much or as little as you like, and we hope by coming you’ll gain some knowledge, strength and encouragement to help you support your loved one.

Each month we share a topic, and this forms the basis for discussion and support.

 

Special strive Carer Support Groups

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We deliver online strive Carer Support Groups for parents and caregivers of those with the following eating disorders:

 
We also run strive4Men, a national group for males and those who identify as male. This group is run quarterly, and facilitated by men with lived experience as carers. 

Siblings Support

EDFA Siblings Support Groups are run monthly and 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. 

Some of the things 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.
Eating DIsorder Sibling Support Group Story

strive Carer Support Program - FAQ's

You don’t need to be a paid member of EDFA. However, you will need to answer membership questions to show that you’re an adult caregiver living in Australia, provide contact details, and agree to the Group rules. 

To access the Zoom links to join the Carer Support Groups, you need to be either a paid member of EDFA, or a member of the strive Daily Online Forum.  Become a Member

Yes, strive carer support groups are held online, on the Zoom platform.

The forum and support groups are either moderated or facilitated by fully trained volunteer carers with lived experience. These incredible people are part of a team that undergoes ongoing training.

We recognise everyone is different, and at best, caring for someone with an eating disorder can be a terribly traumatic time. You can come along to interact and take part, or to listen - the choice is yours. 

The forum and support groups are either moderated or facilitated by fully trained volunteer carers with lived experience. These incredible people are part of a team that undergoes ongoing training.

To access the Zoom links to join the Carer Support Groups, you need to be either a paid member of EDFA, or a member of the strive Daily Online Forum. Become a Member

You can join the national group here. You will need to answer membership questions to show that you’re an adult caregiver living in Australia, provide contact details, and agree to the Group rules. 

strive Carer Support feedback

The strive Support Program does a wonderful job of helping carers navigate the difficult waters of eating disorders. It is a place to find kindness, compassion, understanding and information.

Leanne

Thank you EDFA. The information about peer support was amazing. For me, without the strive group I would lost and uninformed. The zoom meetings are incredibly helpful, and as a member, I am able to watch the education sessions afterwards. So valuable! 

Mel

Very responsive and very, very helpful!

Steve

Melbourne

The strive Carer Support Program is vital. Living with a child with an eating disorder is such a lonely journey, and connecting with people who 'get it' is a real encouragement and fills my tank to keep going.

Fiona

Sydney

Become a member of EDFA for $25 per year (Australian Carers Only)

EDFA is a proud not-for-profit, predominantly 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.

Membership gives access to:

A range of resources in our Member Only section of the website including Educational Recordings, Member Recommended Clinicians and Services, and more.

Over 70 support groups and education sessions per year. including:

Twice monthly education sessions

strive Carer Support Groups for carers of loved ones with any type of eating disorder (run three times each month)

strive ARFID Carer Support Group (run monthly)

strive bulimia nervosa Carer Support Group (run quarterly)

strive binge eating disorder Carer Support Group (run quarterly) 

strive4Men Carer Support Group (run quarterly) – a group for male carers 

siblings Support Group (run monthly) – a group for siblings of those with an eating disorder

daily online support through our private strive Australia Facebook Group and the opportunity to connect, share, learn and ask questions is another benefit of being part of our EDFA community.

discounts to eating disorder events and conferences

Your membership helps EDFA with ongoing costs of running a not-for-profit organisation, and importantly, shows Government that families value, need and believe in this type of lived experience support. Strength in numbers helps EDFA lobby as the collective voice of carers for  better services, treatments, access to expert clinicians and specialised eating disorder units, to help our loved ones in their recovery journey and to acknowledge the impact of an eating disorder diagnosis on the entire family unit.

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