MentorCONNECT is the first global nonprofit eating disorders mentoring community.

mentor connectI am very proud of MentorCONNECT. I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I also happen to be its founder.🙂

Yup. That’s my baby! ==>

At MentorCONNECT, we offer people who are still recovering from eating disorders (mentees) the chance to match up with people who have recovered from eating disorders (mentors). We also provide lots of group support options (general support).



Journal of Eating Disorders:

I am excited to share the results from our 2010 research study! Study results speak to the value a recovered person, or mentor, can add to a recovering person’s, or mentee’s, support team.

Study Director: Dr. Marisol Perez / Texas A&M University

There is a current and pressing need for recovery resources for individuals suffering from eating disorders. Mentoring programs have been useful with other psychiatric disorders such as addictions, and may be useful for individuals recovering from an eating disorder. The present study sought to examine a mentoring program for individuals working towards recovery from an eating disorder…….

READ MORE: Preliminary examination of a mentor-based program for eating disorders


Nice Things People Say About “MC”:

I think that you are bringing something into the field that can make a huge difference and eventually, having a Mentor before discharge will be like having a sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, M.D. FAED, CEDS, Founder of Oliver-Pyatt Centers,

MentorCONNECT is a positive and powerful way for individuals to support each other when they feel no one else in the world could possibly care.  I congratulate Shannon for all of her hard work in bringing the eating disorders community together and helping people not only to hear the words “you are not alone,” but to experience that truth for themselves.  -Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008,

This program is amazing. It feels so good to be able to mentor and help someone and possibly make it a bit easier for them. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you are making even the smallest bit of a difference in someone’s life. When you have been where they have been, when you have experienced, first-hand, the pain and the frustration and the sorrow, you know what it’s like. The greatest feeling is knowing that you are lessening that for someone. You can see the relief from them when you simply say, “I’ve been there. I get it. It gets better.” Being able to help, and being able to use my struggles to better someone else’s life is truly as good as it gets. –Jen, Mentor Member

Being on MentorCONNECT has helped me see that there’s a lot of people out there that get it and care. MentorCONNECT has really been that missing link for me. It’s like I can actually use my skills and everything I’ve learned [in treatment and with my therapist] because I know I’m supported. When I’m struggling I know I can get online or make a call. I have hope now that I personally know more people that have really recovered. –Katie, Mentee Member

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