National Eating Disorders Association

Everyone deserves support for their eating concerns, and NEDA wants to connect you with resources that can help in addition to professional help. These free and low cost support options offer ways to connect with others and provide tools to promote recovery.

Please note that these options do not replace professional treatment. We are listing them as additional support options to supplement recovery or maintenance.

NEDA Forums

The NEDA Forums are available for individuals and loved ones looking to connect in a safe space about the eating disorder recovery process. All participants are required to agree to the community guidelines. Non-compliance may result in banning future participation on the forums. The Forums are 24/7 and are moderated by volunteers trained by NEDA.

Support Groups

Support groups, though not a replacement for treatment, are a free or low-cost way to gain support from others. NEDA's support group finder can help locate in-person groups and online options.

NEDA Network Virtual Support Groups

The NEDA Network is a partnership between NEDA and other mission-aligned organizations dedicated to advancing the field of eating disorders and building a community of support and hope. With nearly 20 member organizations, the NEDA Network provides a unified voice in the fight against eating disorders. The following is a list of virtual support group options offered by some of these Network organizations.

ANAD Online Support Groups

ANAD’s longest serving program is their eating disorder, self-help support groups. Self-help group support can help tremendously when  someone is suffering with an eating disorder, because it allows them to share what they are feeling and thinking in a safe, non-threatening  environment where they will not be judged for having an eating disorder.

ANAD Recovery Mentors

Would you like to get support from someone who understands what you are going through and feeling? ANAD will pair you up with a Recovery Mentor who has recovered from an eating disorder and will be able to help support you on your own recovery journey.

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness Virtual Support Groups

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is offering free, weekly, online check-ins to support group members across the country. The Pro-Recovery check-ins are for individuals only, ages 18+, experiencing and/or recovering from eating disorders on Mondays, 7-8:30pm EST & Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm EST. The Friends & Family check-ins are for loved ones of individuals experiencing and/or recovering from eating disorders, only 18+, on Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm. Please note that you will have to register each week for each check-in. Registration will close 1.5 hours before the call.

Recovery Record

Recovery Record is an eating disorder recovery app that can be downloaded on both iPhone and Android devices. Recovery Record takes industry best practice for eating disorder treatment and delivers it on mobile devices. It replaces pen-and-paper therapy homework with a mobile application, with both a client and clinician version, so logged information can be shared with professionals if desired. For more information, click the link below or search for Recovery Record on your mobile device’s App store.

18Percent

18percent is a free online community based off Slack, where one can receive peer to peer support. 18percent has channels on various mental health issues, one of which is eating disorders. They offer free, 24/7 eating disorder support in a moderated environment. For more information, click the link below and sign up.

Palo Alto University eClinic

The Palo Alto University eClinic is offering a free online program to address body image and eating concerns with the support of a trained coach. This service is available to adults living in California. Capacity is limited and will only be available this summer. To see if the program is a good fit for you, please take this survey.

NEDA is here to support you during the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The health of our community, especially those who are most vulnerable to the virus' serious complications, remains paramount. To access resources that can provide free and low-cost support, please click here.

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