When I came to Looking Glass I was so scared and overwhelmed: I knew I had a problem but no idea how it could ever get better. Being met with such incredible positivity, even when I was so down on myself, has made such an incredible difference in my life.
In 2002, three families struggled to support their children who were suffering from eating disorders. The families were emotionally drained, financially stretched and feared the worst. Having exhausted the limited resources in Canada, their only hope was to send each child out of the country to receive the treatment they so desperately needed and deserved.
The young people are now thriving, recovered adults thanks to the care they received. Through extensive research, steadfast advocacy, motivated fundraising, and a refusal to take ‘no’ for an answer, these families founded Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders.
Their vision was to create a supportive community for those who struggle with eating disorders, foster a deeper understanding of the illness, improve access to care, and respond to the desperate need for programs and services.
Alongside these families, we are driven by the belief that no one should have to struggle alone against this disease.
Looking Glass Counselling | Bridge the Gap™ program launches
B.C government. makes unprecedented budgetary decision to dedicate funds to support eating disorder care
As COVID surges, demand for treatment soars and participation in our Peer Support programs doubles
Looking Glass Emeritus is formed
Personal Recovery Space program is established
Hand in Hand in-person mentoring program commences
Looking Glass Residence moves to Vancouver and PHSA leads clinical operations
Woodstone Residence opens on Galiano Island becoming the first 24/7 treatment centre for youth in Canada
Online Peer Support chats begin running
Reflections Scholarship program created
First Summer Camp welcomed youth and families (ceased operating in 2017)
Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders incorporated as a registered charity
Founding families begin their journey, working towards establishing unprecedented eating disorder care in B.C.
Looking Glass Foundation respectfully acknowledges that our work takes place on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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