Support for Families

Everyone needs support.

It is common to overlook your own needs when supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. Recognize your own need for support during this time, prioritizing your wellbeing and self-care. You’ll be better equipped to support your loved one’s recovery in turn.

It is not your fault.

You are not to blame for your loved one’s eating disorder. Eating disorders are complex illnesses influenced by a blend of biological, psychological, and social factors.

Whatever you are feeling is valid.

You likely feel a range of emotions about your loved one’s eating disorder. Fear, frustration, helplessness—it is normal to feel what you are feeling. 

Stay connected

Please maintain your connections with your community-based providers while you wait to begin care, including any medical, mental health, nutrition, or psychiatry professionals. 

By completing this Release of Information form, you can also allow these providers to share information with Veritas Collaborative. This communication between providers helps to inform care decisions and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. 

Find support

We know that it is incredibly hard to wait for treatment. Although being on a waitlist does not mean that you do not deserve or need care, you may find yourself wondering if treatment is worth the wait. Connection and support are key during this time. Please check out the following resources to help you navigate the waiting period.

Free Virtual Support

Virtual Eating Disorder Support Groups

The National Alliance for Eating Disorders offers free virtual support groups led by licensed eating disorder clinicians. Among them are weekly Pro-Recovery Support Groups for adults affected by an eating disorder and Family and Friends Support Groups for loved ones.

  • Pro-Recovery Support Groups:
    • Tuesdays, 7pm ET
    • Thursdays, 7pm ET
    • Saturdays, 11am ET
  • LGBTQ+ Pro-Recovery Support Group: Wednesdays, 7pm ET
  • Friends & Family Support Group: Thursdays, 7pm ET

Learn more and register on The Alliance’s website.

"Ask an Expert" Live

  • Ask an Expert Facebook live: April 21st, 1pm ET
  • Ask an Expert Instagram live: June 23rd, 1pm ET

NEDA Walks

Join us for an upcoming NEDA Walk in your area.

NEDA Walk – Atlanta, GA: Sunday, April 16th, 10am ET. Learn more and register here

NEDA Walk – Richmond, VA: Saturday, April 29th, 10am ET. Learn more and register here

NEDA Walk – Washington, DC: Saturday, April 29th, 10:30am ET. Learn more and register here

NEDA Walk – Charlotte, NC: Saturday, May 13th, 10:30am ET. Learn more and register here

Eating Disorder Helplines

NEDA Helpline (National Eating Disorders Association)

  • Call 1-800-937-2237 or text 800-931-2237 to connect with a helpline volunteer trained to provide the eating disorder support and information you need
  • If you are in a crisis and need help immediately, text “NEDA” to 741741 to connect with a trained volunteer at the Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text messages to individuals who are struggling with mental health, including eating disorders, and are experiencing crisis situations.
  • Visit the NEDA website for more information or to access online chat support.

ANAD Helpline (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

  • If you are in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the United States, call or text 988 to connect with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Chat services are also available.
  • Visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline website for more information or to access chat support.

Please access the nearest Emergency Department or call 911 in case of a life-threatening medical or mental health emergency.

With Me When App

Find inspiration, education, and encouragement wherever you go with the With Me When app.

With Me When was designed by eating disorder clinicians as a companion to treatment and recovery. The following features are at your fingertips:

  • Logs to track meals, behaviors, feelings, and goals
  • Tools to develop coping skills
  • Exercises to support mindfulness and relaxation
  • Insights to better understand eating disorders and the recovery process

With the ability to customize logs and more, you can tailor the With Me When experience so that it’s uniquely yours. If you’re a Veritas Collaborative patient, you can also complete your patient paperwork and receive appointment alerts through the app.

Get it on Google Play Download on the Apple App Store

Access the web version of With Me When here.

Recovery Starts Here

If you have questions about anything – eating disorders, our programs, insurance, or any other needs or concerns – or would like to schedule an initial phone assessment, please give us a call or complete our contact form. Our admissions team is here to help.

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