Comments on
The Mentoring Elephant in the Room: Using the Internet for Recovery Support

MentorCONNECT, the eating disorders mentoring community that I work with, is a global online-based mentoring charity.

Our founding board knew even before we launched MentorCONNECT that sparks were nearly guaranteed to fly once we commenced to combine two loaded words – “recovery” and “internet”.

But we did it anyway. Why?

This brings us to what is possibly the single most explosive, and at times corrosive, “elephant in the room” question that mentoring for eating disorders recovery can generate – “Is the internet a safe place to find recovery support?

The answer (or at least my answer, from my own personal experience with MentorCONNECT) is, under the right set of circumstances, YES.

2 thoughts on “The Mentoring Elephant in the Room: Using the Internet for Recovery Support

  • August 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    thoroughly agree! the internet has been a fantastic source of information and support for me for the simple fact that it is anonymous. Also the fact that I don’t have to look anyone in the face when I say something like ‘I’m really struggling today, please talk to me’ – easy to say on online, but impossible to say in real life.

  • August 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

    One of my goals in creating Nourishing the Soul was to provide a safe, healthy forum for discussion of eating and body related issues. As I’ve grown the site and become more involved in the online community, I’ve been amazed by all of the incredible resources out there for recovery! I did write a post a few months back on how to navigate through the good and the bad on the internet. Media literacy skills and self-awareness are really important in this.


Join the Conversation!

We invite you to share your thoughts and tell us what you think in this public forum. Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. A first name or pseudonym is required and will be displayed with your comment. Your email address is also required, but will be kept private. (Please note that we use gravatars here, which are tied to your email address.) A website/blog/twitter address is optional.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *