Hope’s Garden Support Services: Hope’s Garden is mandated to provide support, not treatment.
At Hope’s Garden, support means:
- Providing education, resources, information and advocacy.
- Within a group setting, providing a compassionate, safe and confidential space for participants to discuss current obstacles and struggles they are facing.
- Ensuring that the participants can share experiences, knowing that they will be heard and understood. Effective support honours the inherent strength, capacity and resilience of our members.
- Allowing our participants to find what works best for them with participant-driven programs.
- Bolstering participants energy and optimism to reduce feelings of isolation and provide them with incentive to address their problems, express their feelings and begin a process of change.
Community Education and Outreach:
Hope’s offers a variety of educational outreach programs to increase public awareness, reduce stigma and promote early detection and prevention.
Hope’s Garden carries a collection of books and reference materials on eating disorders and related topics that members of the community are welcome to purchase or borrow.
Referrals and Advocacy:
For those seeking support and treatment, we have a comprehensive directory including community resources and services, hospitals, therapists and treatment facilities.
Support groups help to address health and wellness with an overall goal of improving quality of life. The objectives are to develop and bolster self-esteem and body confidence, increase ability to self-advocate for essential services, reduce isolation by building peer supports and develop a balanced relationship with food. Groups provide a safe environment so that discussion and education on various topics related to disordered eating, self-esteem and body image can be relayed. The goal is to provide strategies to carry forward beyond the group so that individuals can maintain and improve upon positive mental health.
**NEW** One to One Mentoring Program (Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area):
This new program offers individuals, aged 18-26 and who have recently completed treatment, an opportunity to be matched with a mentor who has achieved long term recovery. This mentorship provides peer support, friendship and fun activities. If you are interested in learning more about the program please contact us at Hope’s.
If you are interested in learning more about our services please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (519) 434-7721
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