Hand in Hand is a peer support program that matches individuals with a trained volunteer who provides compassionate, judgment-free support and listening during eating disorder recovery.
While not intended as therapy, Hand in Hand supports individuals wherever they are in their unique recovery journey and, through the consistent and personalized support of a mentor, helps them to discover what they can achieve, as they are ready. Hand in Hand may be right for you if you are:
Many Hand in Hand volunteers have personal experience with an eating disorder or disordered eating, so they know that recovery is possible and understand that an individual's struggle can have many dimensions. Our focus is on the whole individual, not just the eating disorder.
After an initial meeting to get to know one another, the pair will meet for regular (usually weekly) 60–90-minute conversations in-person or over video call, with no limit to the duration of support. The Hand in Hand program takes place on our secure Program Hub which enables matches to send messages, share calendars, and join video calls. Program oversight and mentor training is provided by the eating disorder therapist on-staff at Looking Glass Foundation.
If you are interested in being matched with a trained volunteer mentor, please sign up via our Program Hub and create a profile (fields with * are required for us to be able to match you in Hand in Hand).
Please note: individuals must be medically and psychiatrically stable in order to participate in Hand in Hand.
Minors: Any applicants aged 18 or younger must complete this guardian consent form. We won’t be able to match you until your guardian has signed this form and sent it back to us at: email@example.com.
Here are some helpful resources to get you started on applying for the Hand in Hand program, and what to expect once you are matched:
If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch: