The crowning event of the week is the launching of the online peer support service.
“We are so excited about that,” Hebert-Boyd said. “It’s a big, big step for us because we’ve really wanted to expand our support groups to outside of HRM. We know there’s a need because we get lots of calls from people across the province who have a really difficult time finding any mental health support in their community, especially if they’re in a small, rural community.”
People don’t have to leave the comfort of their own home to take part.
“It’s accessible and anonymous and free,” Hebert-Boyd said.
The sessions will be offered once a week on Wednesday nights. Access is through a portal on the Eating Disorders Nova Scotia website. It works like a chat room. There will be a moderator, who is an experienced peer mentor, and people can participate as much or little as they want.