Rebalance Self Support Group
Positively challenging eating disorders…together.
‘Rebalance’ is a recovery focused self-support group run by BalancED MK, suitable for anyone affected by any form of disordered eating, including loved ones wanting to support recovery.
The group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, from 10am until 12 noon, at the Swinfen Harris Hall, London Road, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK11 1JA. BalancED MK volunteers wait outside the venue before sessions, to welcome new and regular attendees.
The first hour of each session is based on a subject that will aid recovery from any form of disordered eating. Topics encourage participants to consider and reflect upon their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and the actions that might help create a more balanced way of living.
The second hour allows for supportive peer support and chat, helping to minimize isolation whilst increasing understanding.
Sessions are facilitated by Emma Bacon and experienced volunteers, some of whom have recovered from an eating disorder themselves. Volunteers also include carers and mental health professionals, helping to provide a spectrum of advice and experience.
The Rebalance Self-Support Group inspired the creation of the ‘Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook: A Practical Guide to Long-term Recovery’, by Dr Nicola Davies and Emma Bacon published in 2016. This empathetic handbook is a comprehensive guide through every stage of recovery, from recognising and understanding eating disorders to learning about treatment, self-help tools and practical advice for maintaining recovery long-term.
Rebalance has been such an amazing support for me, it has taught me so much about eating disorders and the support available to help me. It’s made me broach topics that I would never even have considered, but most of all its helped me address issues of denial, how to move forwards and also how to manage with relapse.