Communities of HEALing

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Project HEAL is thrilled to announce our new and innovative peer support program called Communities of HEALing.

_DSC0197“Communities of HEALing has allowed me to be brutally honest about the challenges of recovery in a judgment free environment. Because of my mentor and the support group, I feel encouraged to keep going on the journey, even in the moments where it feels impossible. I believe I am finally getting the “real life” support and accountability I’ve been unable to receive through traditional treatment alone. This program fills the gap between knowledge gained in therapy to execution into daily life – I’m challenged to implement skills learned in treatment in order to move closer towards my goals. I am so grateful there is finally something like this for individuals in recovery from eating disorders and I hope to someday be on the other side providing mentorship to men and women in earlier phases of their recovery.”- Mentee

Communities of HEALing is something I wish had existed to aid my own recovery journey. It is empowering not only for mentors, but for mentees to be surrounded by individuals who are living proof that recovery from an eating disorder is 100% possible. We hear weekly from mentees & participants that this program helps restore their hope for a healthier and happier future, something that is often lacking during the healing process.”- Mentor

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ProjectHEAL is seeking volunteer Mentors and Support Group Leaders for its new Communities of HEALing program. If you have been in recovery from an eating disorder for more than 2 years and want to help others get there, this program is for you.

What is it?  Communities of HEALing includes 1-on-1 mentorship, a weekly support group led by peers in active recovery/ recovered, and possible engagement in The Body Project.

Who is it for?  This support program is for individuals (mentees) who suffer from eating disorders and have an outpatient team. Our program is meant to be an adjunct peer support program and is NOT a replacement for professional treatment. It is support led by individuals in active recovery/ recovered.

Mentorship: Carolyn Costin has been working with Project HEAL to develop a mentor training program that helps guide recovered mentors in engaging currently struggling individuals in meaningful and positive ways.

Support: Mentors co-facilitate a weekly peer support group where individuals who are currently struggling can share their thoughts and feelings in a supportive community.

HEALing. We are confident that Communities of HEALing will have a strong, positive impact on people who desire recovery from their eating disorder. These communities provide mentoring, support, and giving back. We also believe that those who are mentors in active recovery/recovered will be further empowered in the process of helping others.

We are partnering with researchers at the Columbia University Center for Eating Disorders and Recovery Record to develop an evidence base for our Communities of HEALing peer-support program.

Commitment: One Year
We Provide Training!
Average Hourly Commitment 3-5 hours

Current Groups

  • NYC: Tuesdays at 6:30pm at 606 West 115th Street, New York, NY, 10025 (Room 4B)
  • West Chester, PA: Tuesdays at 7:00pm at Nunzia Center 225 South Church Street, West Chester, PA 19382 (3rd floor)

Family and Care-Giver Support: Having a loved one diagnosed with an eating disorder is a surreal experience and one for which it’s impossible to prepare. At a time when you are scared, stressed, and overwhelmed, connecting with others who understand what you are going through can be the self-care needed to most effectively help your child or partner on their recovery journey. Join us for both tears and laughter as we share strategies, support through rough patches, and celebrate victories small and large.

  • San Diego: Tuesdays at 6:00 PM-8:00PM 4510 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 Ste. 311

    More programs launching soon!  For more information on getting a Communities of HEALing program set up in your area or to find out about volunteer opportunities contact: Ali@theprojectheal.org