An eating disorder is a potentially life-threatening, complex illness, often with underlying issues that need to be addressed in order to get well. There are several different types of eating disorders, each with serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships.
Eating disorders are treatable and there are a number of program options, working with different types of professionals ranging from mental health professionals to physicians to dietitians.
Treatment programs design plans for each individual and their specific needs, and vary from person to person; families are often involved in the recovery process. Check our resources for more information.
Services to help you
Regional Eating Disorder Liaison
Can assist in locating eating disorder resources
Crystal Frost Phone: 250-519-7700 ext 17117
Regional Inpatient Eating Disorder Service
2 designated beds at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for Weight Restoration or Symptom Interruption hospital admissions. Integrated service with local treatment providers.
Referral from health care professional or GP Faxed to : 250-519-1652
South Vancouver Island Region & Victoria
For children, youth and adults struggling with eating disorders. Open referral. Individuals can self-refer. GP involvement required.
Psychiatric eating disorder consultation to remote areas.
Referral from health care professional or GP faxed to 250-370-8199
North Island Regional Eating Disorder Program
Offers client services in both the Comox Valley and Campbell River for youth and adults.
Cowichan District Hospital Outpatient Dietitian
Offers nutritional counselling for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Referral from GP or healthcare professional
Phone: 250-737-2000 ext 44213
Cowichan Valley Adult Mental Health Team
Offers counselling and a clinician for adults with eating disorders. Referral from GP required.
Central Island Outpatient Dietitian
Nutritional counselling for adults with eating disorders. Open referral.
Nanaimo Adult Mental Health and Substance Use
Offers counselling for adults with eating disorders. Open Referral. Individuals can self-refer.
Nanaimo Crisis Counselling Clinic
Walk-in counselling services. Point of entry for adult mental health and substance use services in Nanaimo area. No referral or appointment required. Located at Brooks Landing 203-2000 Island Hwy, Nanaimo
Nanaimo Pediatric Eating Disorder Clinic
For children and youth aged 17 and younger struggling with an eating disorder.
Referral from GP or healthcare professional faxed to 250-739-5855
Port Alberni Mental Health and Substance Use
Offers counselling with a clinician for adults with eating disorders
Phone: 250-731-1311 ext 41675
Adolescent Outpatient St. Joseph’s Hospital
Offers counselling for adolescents with eating disorders. Open referral
We are currently looking for volunteers for the Hand in Hand program which offers 1:1 peer support to anyone fourteen years or older who wants to recover from an eating disorder. If you are interested in volunteering, learn more here.