Looking Glass was co-founded in 2002 by three families seeking care for their loved ones, who were suffering from life-threatening eating disorders.
Because of the commitment and courage of these parents, the Foundation established Canada’s first eating disorder residential treatment program for youth, which is now operated in collaboration with the Provincial Health Services Authority and is located in Vancouver, BC. The Looking Glass Residence is a 14-bed treatment facility for youth aged 16 to 24, of all genders, who are suffering from anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders. 24/7 care and support is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals in a caring, home-like setting. At the Looking Glass Residence, youth engage in a variety of guided recreation, arts, and leisure activities that enhance self-esteem, build a sense of connection, and reconnect these young people to the critical life skills and confidence they will need to thrive in the world without an eating disorder.
In 2007, we started our scholarship program, which recognizes the resilience and achievements of B.C. undergraduate students who have experienced an eating disorder. Each year, scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who embody what it means to persevere, to rise above adversity, and to pursue their passion in life.
Starting in 2010, Looking Glass began offering peer support programs as a way to fill gaps in eating disorder treatment and services. Currently, our 3 peer support programs include Hand in Hand, Online Peer Support and Personal Recovery Space. We know that eating disorders and disordered eating can seriously impact an individual's life and that navigating support and treatment options can be challenging and costly. For this reason, all of our peer support programs are available to all genders, are offered at no cost, with no limit to frequency of usage, and support individuals struggling with any type of eating disorder or disordered eating. No formal diagnosis is required.
Our Looking Glass Foundation staff and Board also provide support on the phone, through email, and in person to individuals seeking resources and guidance on navigating disordered eating and eating disorders. In addition to phone and email support, we also strive to raise awareness of, and reduce the stigma and isolation associated with eating disorder through our curated social media posts, weekly blogs, and community partnerships.
Every day, we hear and share inspiring stories of our friends, colleagues, classmates, loved ones, and community members who have recovered and are thriving. Knowing this, we continue to share the message that eating disorder recovery is possible, we understand the journey and we are here to help.