Below is a list of places that offer FREE support for eating disorders and related issues. Please be sure to contact any support program prior to attendance to verify dates and locations. If you have a free support event on Long Island or in the Metro NY area, please feel free to submit it to us for listing.
Free Treatment Services
FREE MILITARY IOP Program – ED-180 Treatment Programs offers a full scholarship, 6-week intensive outpatient eating disorder program for qualified military personnel who have actively served overseas in the U.S. armed services within the past 10 years. For details, please contact Susan Jungman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (516) 280-3544.
Scholarship Program – ED-180 Treatment Programs offers partial scholarships for financially qualified individuals who attend the ED-180 intensive outpatient eating disorder program . For details, please contact Susan Jungman at email@example.com or call (516) 280-3544.
Free Support Groups
(please contact each service individually to confirm dates, times and if services are still active).
GARDEN CITY, NY – ED-180 Treatment Programs offers free open support groups led by eating disorder therapists and clinicians for patients, families and loved ones suffering from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related conditions. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the ED-180 offices at 300 Garden City Plaza, Suite 312, Garden City, NY 11530. For upcoming schedule and more information, call (516) 280-3544.
Port Jefferson, NY – John T. Mather Hospital has meetings that are held on the 1st Monday of each month from 7-8:30pm. Groups are led by professionals who specialize in eating disorders and open to sufferers (anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating), their friends, parents, spouses and significant others. For information call 631-473-3877.
Nassau County, NY – Nassau County Intergroup for OA offers free 12-step meetings and support throughout Nassau, Long Island, NY. For more information and a list of meeting locations and event calendar go to www.nassauoa.org.
Medford, NY – Suffolk County Intergroup Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a 12-step program for those suffering from binge eating and compulsive overeating. Contact the Suffolk County Intergroup, 231 Buffalo Ave., Medford, N.Y. 11763, 631-475-5965 or go to www.suffolkoa.org.
New York, NY – First Things First For Eating Disorders is a free monthly interactive motivational workshop for those affected by an eating disorder. They also provide personalized phone help and support. A one-time email or phone registration allows you to attend as many meetings as you would like without re-registering. Each monthly meeting is held on a Thursday evening at 7:30 PM in Manhattan at 19 West 34th Street, in Suite 301, on the Third Floor. For registration, more information, or phone help and support contact Ellen Schieren at ESchieren@yahoo.com (516) 510-9001.
New York, NY – The Eating Disorder Resource Center offers a free monthly support group on Monday evenings from 8:30-9:30pm the first Monday of every month. For more information call 212-989-3987 or visit www.edrcnyc.org.
New York, NY – The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) offers support group meetings that take place in at their office in NYC. Options include – For those who are suffering: Over 40, Pursuing Recovery (for anyone pursuing recovery from an eating disorder), and General (for those affected and the loved ones of those with an eating disorder). All groups are free, however all participants must have signed the required paperwork in order to attend. Please contact Lauren Smolar at 212-575-6200 x 317 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The 5th Annual Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders – Saturday, May, 6th, 2015, 8:30am-5pm – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – This year’s conference is hosted by ED-180. Presenter’s will include national experts with eating disorder treatment as well as stories from patients who have found recovery and a large exhibitors area. Full conference information and FREE registration may be found at www.EatingDisorderConference.com.