SUPPORT SERVICES

Our services are run by students, for students. Our student volunteers have received training in active listening, peer mental health support, eating disorders and disordered eating, and anti-oppressive practices. Please note that these services do not substitute for support from licensed professionals and do not constitute therapeutic or psychological care. Below you’ll find details about each resource and exactly what you can expect from them.

These services are available to anyone – you do not have to be a McGill student to access them. Whether you have had any type of professional diagnosis, have any idea on how to label your current or past relationship with food, or would just like to ask questions and learn more about eating disorders and disordered eating, our resources are available. Take a look through the details below and reach out to us anytime.

Peer-To-Peer Connections Messaging

The Eating Disorder Resource and Support Centre has a virtual messaging platform for individuals interested in having space to exchange individually with our McGill volunteers on their experience. The volunteers provide non-directional, non-judgemental, inclusive support through messages. This service is free of charge, and does not require any kind of diagnosis. It is open to anyone who wishes to discuss experiences with disordered eating, body image issues, and/or eating disorders.

☆ Each McGill user is matched with two McGill volunteers

☆ Volunteers answer messages within 72 hours

☆ Support is virtual, long-term, and confidential

virtual support groups

The Eating Disorder Resource and Support Centre organizes support groups for individuals interested in having a space to discuss their experiences with eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as to hear about the experience of others. It’s important to note that this is not a therapeutic service, and is therefore not the equivalent of a therapy group. It is not run by licensed professionals, and does not provide participants with skills or advice. Our support groups serve as a space for discussion and sharing. 

Email support-eating-disorders@ssmu.ca if you have any questions! 

☆ Groups are scheduled based on the time availability of participants, and run at the same time every week

☆ Groups meet for two hours per session, with a 15-minute break halfway through

☆ If there are few participants and conversation weans early on, groups can end the session earlier than scheduled

support group guidelines

Our mandate means that we aim to provide our support group participants with anti-oppressive, non-directional, non-judgmental, inclusive, and confidential support.

☆ We ask that, in group settings, participants respect confidentiality to ensure everyone feels comfortable sharing

☆ We ask that participants maintain respect for fellow attendees, and that abusive language not be used – using discriminatory or abusive language will not be tolerated and you may be asked to leave a session

☆ We also ask that the use of specific numbers regarding things such as food, weight, and activity not be used in session (e.g., calories, weight, number of hours done of running, number of times a behaviour such as purging is done in a day)

facilitators

Groups are facilitated by two trained volunteers. These volunteers have received extensive training in active listening, anti-oppression, trauma, and eating disorders and disordered eating. They are present in order to facilitate conversation.