Frequently Asked Questions
EDSNA was officially formed in April 2014. It began offering professionally-facilitated support groups in October 2014.
EDSNA is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. Both the Program Administrator and Program & Web Administrator manage all day-to-day operations, plan seasonal programming, build infrastructure and systems, lead awareness activities, manage public relations, and provide insight regarding long-term strategic planning and fundraising.
EDSNA is located in Edmonton, within the Canadian Mental Health-Edmonton Region office. The address is EDSNA, #301, 10010- 105 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5J 1C4.
There are a number of ways you can get involved:
You can also donate or help spread the word by sharing our website with others. Contact Co-Director Sarah Johnson (Sarah@EDSNA.ca) and discuss how you would like to work with us.
Our facilitators are all health professionals with a background in eating disorders. They are registered psychologists, registered dieticians, psychiatric nurses, registered social workers and occupational therapists. We hire people who have the skills to guide groups effectively, answer questions knowledgeably and empower people to take ownership of their own journey to recovery. We select professionals who are aligned with our philosophy that everyone in the family is impacted by eating disorders, who are non-judgmental and can provide a safe space for everyone to participate. You can learn more about our team here.
No. We do not offer treatment or therapy. We offer support and there is no referral necessary. If you feel you are affected by an eating disorder and could use some support, our door is open. You don’t need to reveal anything about your illness as part of the registration process. Our groups are confidential and whatever you share in the group will not be revealed. We ask that all group participants read and agree to our Group Guidelines.
Great question! Here’s a page to explain this, as a lot of people are confused about the difference. Again, EDSNA offers professionally-facilitated support groups, not group therapy or treatment. We respect the work of other professionals and recognize that because eating disorders are so complex, families often need the help of many to achieve recovery.
Historically, we have found that individuals seeking support are able to learn from one another; even though their individual illnesses may manifest differently, the feelings are very similar. That said, EDSNA would like to keep programming relevant to the needs of group participants. If you have feedback about the type of group you would find most helpful, please feel free to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funding we receive through Alberta Health, Addictions and Mental Health Branch doesn’t cover all the expenses associated with providing the support groups. As well, we feel a small participant fee helps to cement commitment to attending the group. It is also a recognition of the highly skilled expertise of our facilitators. If the fee is a barrier to participation, it can be waived by emailing info@EDSNA.ca.