F.E.A.S.T. is a non-profit organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders. This site provides information, mutual support, and evidence-based treatment, in addition to research and education in order to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders. Services include: Around the Dinner Table, an online forum for parents and carers that supports families; audio recovery stories; a research blog; informational resources; and a Speaker’s Bureau of parents for media, events, and educational seminars.
Hope Network supports and educates families through workshops, links to resources, tele-classes and individual support. Tele-classes provide a space for parents to explore feelings and get help with one of life’s most challenging experiences: being a family member of someone with an eating disorder. You will learn from professionals and peers who have experience in moving forward with their lives during these illnesses.
Maudsley Parents is a volunteer organization founded in 2006 to offer hope and help to families confronting eating disorders. Run by parents in collaboration with a panel of leading experts in child and adolescent eating disorders, Maudsley Parents offers information on eating disorders and family-based treatment (FBT).
The Parent, Family and Friends Network of the National Eating Disorders Association have established the NEDA Navigator Program. Navigators are volunteers that have experience navigating the complex and overwhelming systems and emotions involved with the diagnosis and process of seeking help for an eating disorder. Volunteers are trained by an eating disorders professional and NEDA staff to be a knowledgeable, informal source of support and guidance to those who are new to the illness. Navigators are not treatment professionals and do not provide mental health services. To locate a NEDA Navigator in your area, click here.
Transition Year: Parent Edition
Transition Year is an on-line resource center to help students and their parents focus on emotional health before, during, and after the college transition. Go to: “Transitioning with a Diagnosed Condition”. This section has close to 30 helpful articles, including the following: Finding Help on Campus, Finding Help Off Campus, Transferring Treatment to College, and Your First Counseling Appointment: Questions To Ask.
The following are organizations that offer information, resources and treatment referrals for eating disorder related conditions:
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
- Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
- S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES (Self Abuse Finally Ends)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration