Become a Support Group Leader

Apply to be a Support Group Leader

Thank you for your interest in becoming an ANAD support group leader. We are currently in the process of updating our application to be relaunched in the fall. In  the meantime, if you are still interested in starting or leading a support group, please click here to add your name to our interest list

About Support Group Leaders

ANAD’s oldest support service is our eating disorder, peer support groups. Peer 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.

Support Group Leader

Why We Have an Assesment

ANAD Support Group leaders need to be strong and healthy. You will come across many triggers as a leader. We want to make sure that you are in a great place in your own recovery to be around people who are still struggling. We ask that you have been eating disorder behavior free for two years OR that you have a co-leader to run the group with you.

ANAD wants to give you this tool to personally and privately check in with your own recovery, to make sure that you are in a good place to be an ANAD support group leader at this time. This is a list of statements that might indicate that a person might be struggling with food, weight and body image issues. If you go through this, it will be a good way for you to check on your own recovery, and reflect on whether you are in the right place to be an amazing ANAD Support Group Leader!

Recovery Self-Assessment

Please privately look over these items. If you notice that you are mostly free of the Eating and Body Image issues listed below, this will be a great time to lead an ANAD support group.

  • I spend a large part of my day thinking about food, weight and body image concerns.
  • I sometimes feel I can’t stop eating.
  • I get very anxious about eating.
  • I obsess about my body image.
  • I avoid high carb, high sugar or high calorie foods.
  • I feel extremely conflicted about eating.
  • I dislike my body.
  • I feel that food controls my life.
  • After I eat, I wish I could do something to get rid of what I ate.
  • I have a lot of worries about my weight and what I eat.
  • I try to avoid eating.
  • I am very unhappy.
  • I have a lot of sadness and worries on my mind.
  • I wish I was not here.
  • I do not have the support that I need.

Support Group Leader Responsibilities

As a Support Group Leader, you will be responsible for:

  • Securing a free, safe and easily accessible location for members to meet on a regular basis
  • Committing to arriving on time to every group meeting, and if you are unable to attend, communicating this to ANAD and to your support group and providing a substitute leader if possible
  • Passing an initial background check
  • Leading your group properly by following ANAD guidelines on how to lead a safe and supportive group

Apply to Become a Support Group Leader

Thank you for your interest in becoming an ANAD support group leader. We are currently in the process of updating our application to be relaunched in the fall. In  the meantime, if you are still interested in starting or leading a support group, please click here to add your name to our interest list