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Parent Peer Support in Israel!

Finally, Parent Peer Support in Israel!
by Judy Krasna

When my daughter was first diagnosed with an eating disorder, I wanted to learn all that I could about her illness; however, I couldn’t get any information in Israel, where I live. Like many scared, lost and confused parents, I turned to the internet. I am incredibly fortunate that English is my native language, and that I was able to gain information through English websites. I am doubly fortunate that I found F.E.A.S.T and Around the Dinner Table. These resources helped shed light on a very dark time in our lives and offered us the support, education, and empowerment that we so desperately needed.

Many parents in Israel cannot manage to navigate English websites, and there are no Hebrew websites dedicated to caring for people with eating disorders. Sadly, this leaves many parents without the information and support that could help them weather the brutal storm. While in time, I hope that we can translate some of the content on the F.E.A.S.T website into Hebrew, for now, those who cannot handle websites in English are missing out on a terrific resource.

In an effort to help those parents, I am starting a parent peer support group in Israel, using the knowledge, wisdom, and principles that I have gained through my work in F.E.A.S.T. The first meeting will take place on Monday evening November 11 at my home. If you know of anyone who could benefit from joining our group, please have them contact me at [email protected] for more information.

To see F.E.A.S.T.’s Worldwide Eating Disorder Events Calendar for your area please visit our calendar page!

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5 Comments

  1. Isabel

    Power to you Kym!! Well done for your initiative! Parental Support Groups absolutely essential for sanity!! I had to wait 3 months before being invited to one by the Private Clinic that my daughter eventually attended and being English in France is not very easy when a major mental illness is diagnosed! So go get em girl, and find what you need. Sadly and happily I think there will be many takers. Hugs!

    • Kym Piekunka

      Hello Isabel, I just posted this, Judy Kransa is the one to celebrate! I’m so sorry you had to wait 3 months! But that is why support groups are so invaluable…helping each other!

  2. Belinda Tucker

    What a wonderful idea this is. Never thought that it would be a language barrier problem. We are starting up a few small groups in Western Australia as also not much support for parents.

  3. Daryl

    Thank you Judy, for being a beacon of hope and support for families in Israel who are struggling to support a family member with an ED. Your wisdom and ‘expert by experience’ status will help so many!

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