Monday, May 27, 2013

Guest Post: Looking Glass Online Support Groups

People who have never experienced the difficulty of being truly mired in disordered eating and thoughts revolving around food don't realize how isolating it can be, and often can't fathom why the 'patients' can't just talk about it and eat more. When I began the downward spiral into anorexia at age 15, I didn't want anything to do with eating disorder (ED) support groups because I didn't want others to see my face and remember me for my disease. I rejected in-patient and out-patient group treatments and refused anything beyond weekly one-on-one counselling. I wish I had known there was something as completely anonymous as the Looking Glass online forum. I probably would have felt less alone and scared.
Online support offers those who are experiencing an ED an outlet to rant, to ask for help, to share how their day to day battle with food turned out, all without fear of being judged by strangers, or being exposed in real life. It is beyond valuable because distance and location doesn't matter as long as you have access to the internet! Looking Glass forum sessions take place across Canada for all ages on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4:30-6:00 PM and 7:30-9:00 PM [PST]. There's also something to be said about being able to get support from the safety of your home. You can be all the way in Ontario and be talking with someone in British Columbia! What's great about the Looking Glass Foundation is that they see this experience as a valuable tool to help others, not a flaw that prevents one from being a volunteer. Few people can empathize better than those who have gone through the fear of weight gain, hate of body fat, anxiety from bloat, and inability to stop on a self-destructive path.
As a facilitator, I feel like I am making a difference in someone's day when they log on and decide to trust with me with their thoughts. I'm grateful I can turn what was a negative period of my life into something positive by interacting with people who are currently in a negative period of their lives. If you or someone you know are experiencing disordered thoughts around eating and food, there are a many ways to contact Looking Glass Foundation. Please don't hesitate to do so, whether it be for more information about the summer camps or to seek support through the online forum.

Sign up FREE at the LG online forum (Tuesday + Thursday sessions):

PHONE: 604-314-0548

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