Support Groups

We will be holding one support group for individuals and a separate support group for friends and family members for our Holiday Open House! To learn more, click here! 

Open Peer Support Group

This group is an informal network of individuals who share common struggles with food, weight and body image. The group helps to break the isolation that is so common to those who struggle with eating disorders, as well as provide participants with an opportunity to share their feelings, thoughts, and emotions in a non-judgmental environment. This is an open support group that also welcomes drop-in participants (please email for more information on drop in registration and rates).

This support group will be most relevant for those who are comfortable in their treatment progression and would like to talk about later stages in their recovery journey and relapse prevention.

Wednesday nights, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
October 4 – November 29, 2017
Bronson Centre, Room 106-A
211 Bronson Avenue
Fee: $50 for 8 sessions or $10 drop-in fee (please register with prior to attending)
Facilitated by trained Hopewell volunteers


Closed Peer Support Group*

This group allows individuals to discuss topics important to achieving long-term recovery, and share experiences and emotions to help each other make positive lifestyle changes. This is a closed support group that will consider the needs of its group members to focus on a different topic in each of the eight weeks. This group is intended for people who are newer to treatment and the support group scenario, or those who are more interested in a more actively facilitated group.

Saturday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 am
October 7 – November 25, 2017
Glebe Community Centre, Meeting Room
175 Third Avenue
Fee: $50 for 8 sessions.
Facilitated by trained Hopewell volunteers

*This group was previously titled the Over-30 Group, and follows a similar structure, but is open to anyone over 17 years of age.

Family & Friends Support Group

The Family & Friends Support Group is an opportunity for caregivers of individuals struggling with an eating disorder, to receive support in a warm and empathetic environment. The group offers a safe space where caregivers family and friends can share stories and receive support from other participants who understand and empathize with the challenges they face when providing support to an individual with an eating disorder. This is an open support group that also welcomes drop-in participants (please email for more information on drop in registration and rates).


Thursday nights, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
September 28 – November 16, 2017
The Royal Ottawa Hospital, Conference Room 2314
1145 Carling Avenue
Fee: $50 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee
Facilitated by Hopewell Volunteers


Please note that the open peer support group and closed peer support group are intended to serve as a complement to treatment. If you are not currently or have never spoken with a mental health treatment provider it is strongly encouraged that you do so prior to registering for a peer support group.

List of Treatment Providers Available 

Email to register


Thanks to a generous donation by Alterna Savings, Hopewell is pleased to offer assistance to clients who may be experiencing financial challenges that prevent them from accessing our support groups. Please contact for more information on this program.


We ask that you consider making a donation for tax receipt on top of payment of the fee, to enable us to support those who are not able to afford these services. Thank you.


 Groups may be held at various locations, please contact us to inquire about the location of a specific group.

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"This self-help group has been a really important step in my recovery.”

“This binge eating group helps me save a small piece of me every week and it’s offering me the opportunity to feel safe and loved.”

“I had wanted support in a group setting for many years, and finally got it. I hope this support community continues to grow and touch others lives like it did mine.”