Men Get Eating Disorders Too charity has started running twice monthly peer support group sessions for those affected by eating disorders in Brighton, Hove and Sussex.
The main purpose for the group is to provide those who attend a space to meet with other sufferers to share their experiences and coping strategies. Our group aim is to ease isolation by offering inclusion to men who attend.
The group will offer:
• A safe and welcoming environment where men can share and discuss their experiences.
•Regular (twice monthly) meetings with other male sufferers to offer and receive peer support.
•Information and advice on eating disorders to enable better understanding of symptoms.
•Gateways to support (e.g. counselling, other therapies and support groups).
Any male affected by eating disorders and problem eating is able attend. Those wishing to attend are welcome to be part of the Peer Support Group whether or not they are currently receiving support such as counselling or other therapies. Attendees may bring a carer for support in the meetings. Please note the group is open to those eighteen and over.
Eating disorders include anorexia (nervosa), bulimia (nervosa), binge eating, compulsive eating and other eating problems that don’t fit so easily into these categories (e.g. Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). Those with body image, overweight and/or obesity are welcome to attend.
Sam Thomas, MGEDT Founder and Director, said: “There is so little support available for people with eating disorders in the Brighton, Hove and Sussex and for many males affected this is a barrier to recovery. By providing a regular meeting space for those affected to speak about their experiences this will help to alleviate the isolation and secrecy of their disorder. The meetings will help to provide crucial space to share experiences, share coping strategies and offer peer support. “
Neil Holmes, Chair of Trustees, added: “‘This is a valuable and much needed opportunity for men to meet together and help support one another to explore ways forward. We hope this service will also help to further highlight the need for greater awareness and services for males.”
Group meetings will be take place on the second and fourth Mondays of the month (7.30-9pm). The meetings will take place at ‘Space for Change’ in Central Brighton. The next meeting will take place on September 9th following a Summer break.
You can download an A4 poster for the Sussex Peer Support service Sussex Peer Support Group Poster
We also have hard copies of the poster and leaflet – if you’d like to order some and/or distribute on our behalf please contact us.