Support Groups & Social Clubs

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Glasgow Centre for Eating Disorders

Therapy, Support, Training and Education for Eating Disorders in Scotland

Social Clubs and

Social Activities

We believe that participating in various types of social and occupational activities is very important to making changes and recovering from any mental health problem, including eating disorders.

 

Social clubs and activities are a vital part of recovery and can help in so many ways: make new friends; challenge social anxiety; try new things; learn new skills; challenge control and routine; relaxing; engaging in 'me' time - having an enjoyable time away from your problems for a little while can really aid recovery.

 

We provide various social activites, including the following:

 

  • Coffee and Chat Clubs
  • Book Groups
  • Art and Creative Classes
  • Discussion Groups
  • Events/Social Outings

 

.... and lots more!

 

We welcome your ideas and suggestions, so please feel free to let us know what social and occupational activities and clubs you would like us to offer.

 

As with support group meetings, social activities, such as Coffee and Chat Clubs and Book Groups are scheduled on our Meetup website so that they are readily available for you to see, as, and when, they are scheduled. Please feel free to join our private Meetup web-space if you are interested in social clubs and activities:

http://www.meetup.com/glasgow-eating-disorders/

 

We anticipate developing these substantially over time, so watch this space!

Eating Disorder Support Groups

and Social Clubs

EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUPS

 

Our established eating disorder support groups (established Spring 2010) have been going for many years and have been very successful and valuable to 100s of people who have attended them from all over Scotland over the years. We have seen many people 'recover' and make many changes in their lives, which is both inspiring and rewarding to witness.

 

Unlike many other support groups that exist - eating disorder and non-eating disorder - our support groups are regulated, have strict boundary and confidentiality policies in place and managed by both professionals and people who have personal experience of an eating disorder and have now recovered. Many support groups don't have these standards and they are poorly managed and regulated. Some of us have been to such groups in the past, so we know what works and what doesn't work. This is why our support groups are so successful and have an excellent reputation.

 

Talking with other people who have similar issues surrounding food and eating (and other issues such as anxiety, depression, body image problems, stress etc), and with people who have recovered from an eating disorder, can be very valuable. Everyone in the support group – service users, volunteers and staff - really understand, listen, and provide lots of encouragement, support and never ever judge one another - support sessions are very pro-recovery. We have certain gudelines in place to ensure support groups are not triggering, do not comment on weights, measures, apperance and which are as safe as they can possibly be.

 

The support groups may be something that can help you on the road to getting better and getting some support and understanding with your eating and food difficulties. You are very welcome to come along. Support groups:

 

  • Take place twice per month: 2nd and 3rd Monday of each month. Support groups take place in Glasgow city centre, 6.15pm-7.45pm and cost £4. (So, the next few groups are: Monday 9th and 16th May, Monday 13th and 20th June etc).

 

  • Are run by qualified psychotherapists with previous personal experience of eating disorders (now recovered) and other individuals who have recovered from an eating disorder from various backgrounds, including counselling, mental health and many other backgrounds.

 

  • Have members who have different types of eating problems - bulimia, binge-eating, anorexia, obesity, compulsive eating, and other problems that may not fit these categories.

 

  • Males and females member over 16 years old are welcome.

 

  • Members and volunteers understand, listen, and provide lots of encouragement and support and never ever judge one another - support sessions are very pro-recovery and also give you the opportunity to express yourself freely, in confidence, with people who understand and 'get it'

 

  • A place where you can come along and say what you think, what you are feeling and express yourself with no judgement - only support;

 

  • No pressure to talk if you don't want to - you are welcome to listen in - it's important to use the support group in ways you feel most comfortable with;

 

  • May be something that can help you on the road to getting better and getting some support and understanding with your eating and food difficulties;

 

  • Provides help, support and understanding; is welcoming, encouraging, friendly, safe and in an informal environment;

 

  • Confidential, safe and private

 

  • You don't need to have a 'diagnosed' eating disorder, be underweight/overweight, be seeing a psychiatrist or anything like that - if food and eating is a problem in your life, then you are welcome to come along!

 

  • *For ANYONE (over 16) with ANY type of eating disorder, food/eating/weight difficulties - everyone is welcome. Most people with eating disorders do not fit into the 'young,underweight, teenage girl' stereotype of eating disorders. In fact, a significant proportion of the people we support are over 30, are not underweight and do not fit these stereotypes. We support anyone who feels that they have a difficult relationship with food and eating regardless of age, type of eating disorder, etc. We often get asked if you have to be very underweight to attend/. The answer is not - most people who attend and most people with eating disorders are NOT underweight - this a 'myth'.

 

  • *Chat with others who have similar problems - we talk about serious things, but we also aim to have a little laugh to and make people feel welcome and relaxed as possible;

 

  • Express your thoughts and feelings, feel genuinely understood, non-judgemental and always listened to;

 

  • Bring a friend/family member with you if you want (although, please note, we don't provide support to carers/supporters/family/friend during these support groups - we are planning new, separate 'carers groups' to start soon);

 

  • People from all areas welcome - not just Glasgow - we have people from Edinburgh, Perth, Falkirk, Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Stirling, Renfrewshire and many other places come along.

 

PLEASE NOTE: there is a small fee attached to support group meetings. We do not make any money out of support groups at all (in fact, it costs us money to meet all the costs of groups). The small fee helps cover the cost of room hire, photocopies/printing, insurance, subscription costs and some other things. We are unpaid, do this in our spare time and DO NOT make any money from putting on groups - the fee helps cover some costs - we, as volunteers, cover the other costs out our own pockets.

 

The beneficial feature of support group sessions is that it is run by people who know what it is like to have an eating disorder and so understands many of the things you may be going through. Our Lead Psychotherapist and our Assistant Support Group Facilitators have completed various types of training, including COSCA Counselling Skills Training/equivalent, psychology degrees, group-work facilitator training, self-harm training, mental health training and clinical psyhcotherapy training and many other types of learning and training.

 

It is important you RSVP or confirm your place at each support group in advance, as support groups can get quite busy. As a result, we limit the number of people attending each support group meeting to ensure it is as supportive and inclusive as possible. Groups that are too large are often not as supportive and not everyone can get a chance to talk, express themselves or receive support. It makes sense, doesn't it?

 

To help with this, we have a private web-space dedicated to support group meetings and social club meetings, called Meetup. It's set to private, closed, and joining is approved by a Moderator. There's lots of other things on our Meetup space, including lots of self-help and therapy files and worksheets that you are free to download and use personally; inspirational quotes and stories; details of helplines, news, updates, upcoming events and lots more.

 

You can join Meetup here: http://www.meetup.com/glasgow-eating-disorders/

 

The support group is very friendly, supportive and it's really informal. There is never any pressure and we welcome new people at all times. We really enjoy meeting new members! If you would like more information about support groups, please email us directly on info@glasgow-eating-disorders.co.uk, use the Contact Us Form on this website, or join the Meetup space mentioned above. We look forward to seeing you at a support group meeting soon!

 

 

NEW! GUIDED SELF-HELP AND CBT/LIFE SKILLS SUPPORT GROUPS

 

We are considering a monthly support group that offer either Guided Self-Help and/or CBT and Life Skills. The Guided Self-Help Support Group would involve the group working through a series of user-friendly workbooks for a period of time on a particular issue. In other words, support group members would be working on self-help materials on, for example, self-esteem, anxiety, body image, eating disorders, mood, stress and other issues for, say 6 weeks, on a monthly basis.

 

The CBT and Life Skills Support Group would be more general. It, too, would be monthly. However, the skills and techniques learned would be applicable and useful for a variety of problems and issues. So, for instance, we might learn about the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiology in one session and learn how to do thought records to help identify the relationships within these. Another month we might look at how to set goals or how to incorporate recovery periods, relaxation and self-care into our lives.

 

This is a new idea as of February 2016, so we are still assessing whether to pilot this type of support group. It will be either The Guided Slef-Help Group or The CBT and Life Skills Support depending on what people might like - we won't be offering both as there are overlaps between both types of group.

 

If you are interested in this new possible support group, please get in touch and let us know - this will help us to decide whether it is something that would be helpful to others.

 

 

BODY IMAGE SUPPORT GROUPS

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Body Image Support is currently on hold due to low attendance. We will update this section if, and when, the monthly Body Image Support Groups resume.

 

Did you know that there are currently no specific support groups for BODY IMAGE in Scotland? Well, there will be soon! We are launching the first support group specifically for body image issues, body shame, low body confidence etc in October 2015.

 

The information for support groups above applies to Body Image Support Groups. There are a few differences. Firstly, these will take place on a monthly basis - one Monday evening per month.

 

Secondly, Body Image Support Groups are for ANYONE who has body image problems, low body esteem, body image issues etc, regardless of whether they have problems with food and eating or not.

 

Many people with eating disorders experience body image issues, although it's also true to say that many people with eating disorders also do not experience body image issues. Similarly, there are many people with body image issues who do not experience eating disorders, yet many people with body image issues who do experience disordered eating. Eating disorders and body image issues are not mutually exclusive and it's inappropriate and inaccurate to treat them as the one and same thing. This is why we have set up a supoort group specifically for Body Image. Not everyone with body image issues has an eating disorder and vice versa, so it's not appropriate to treat both issues as the same - hence why separate support groups and help are more appropriate.

 

 

 

FAMILY AND FRIEND SUPPORT GROUPS

 

 

If you are interested in Family and Friend Support Groups for carers, family, friends and supporters of someone affected by an eating disorder or disordered eating, please email us to register your interest in attending.

 

We are currently planning a Family and Friends Suppport Group and will start this when we receive enough interest, so please get in touch to register your interest and we will get in touch with you when it goes ahead. Thank you!

 

 

 

OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS

 

We are also planning some other Support Groups for 2016, including depression, anxiety, self-harm and other groups. When these are launched, we shall update this space accordingly.

 

If there is a specific support group that you would like to see being launched, please get in touch with us with your suggestion. If you would like to join our Mailing List that features news,upcoming news, developments, new services etc, please also feel free to get in touch - it would be great to hear from you!

 

 

 

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