Project Spotlight: Eating Disorders Nova Scotia

Mobilizing communities to promote mental health through the delivery of peer support among those impacted by eating disorders

Using peer support as an effective means of promoting mental health among those impacted by eating disorders


Youth experiencing disordered eating and eating disorders, as well as their caregivers



To improve mental health among those impacted by eating disorders through peer support that provides:

  • Increased access to support
  • Decreased time waiting to receive support/care and begin recovery
  • Help in developing and practicing skills needed for recovery


  1. Expanding capacity in existing programs by scaling up recruitment and training of youth and family/caregiver peer supporters
  2. Evaluating the impact of expanded peer support programming
  3. Developing an implementation guide to tailor peer support programs in communities across Canada



  • Online

Implementation sites

  • National


  • The pandemic created a dramatic increase in the number of youth suffering from eating disorders and requiring hospitalization
  • There was a surge in demand for eating disorder resources and support; peer support for caregivers was identified as a gap
  • Eating Disorders Nova Scotia is unique in its delivery of free (virtual) peer support accessible across Canada


In the words of the project team members

“Anyone who’s experiencing disordered eating, or any eating disorder, will be able to access peer support, either one-on-one or through a group program, as well as self-managed, self-paced resources for recovery.”

Key protective factors

  • Coping skills
  • Self-determination and control of one’s life
  • Supportive relationships in the community

Key approaches

  • Peer support
  • Partnerships (Body Brave, Silver Linings Foundation, Frayme)