Eating Concerns Mentors
Eating Concerns Mentors (ECMs) are trained UNH students who can provide you with confidential, individual support and information about body image, eating concerns and eating disorders.
You may want to request an ECM if you are:
- Obsessed with food and working out
- Struggling with your body image
- Concerned about yourself or a friend with eating concerns
Note: ECMs are not a replacement for professional help (i.e., nutritionist, counselor, medical provider, etc.). ECMs provide support in addition to professional care.
Who are ECMs?
- A person’s size does not determine his/her health
- Limited representation of different body types in the media impacts the body image of many individuals, which in turn may impact eating behaviors
- No food is “good” or “bad”
- Dieting does not work
- An eating disorder can happen to anyone
- There is no one universal cause of an eating disorder
- Eating disorders are not about food
- Talking to someone about their eating concern can make a difference in their life
Who Benefits from Connecting with an ECM?
If you are a UNH student working toward recovery from an eating concern, struggling to prevent relapse from an eating concern or are questioning whether you have an eating concern then this program may be helpful. The program is also for students concerned about a friend or family member with these issues.
When are mentors available?
ECM mentors are available during the academic year when classes are in session. They arrange contact with you based both of your individual schedules.
How long does it take to get a response?
The mentor will make the initial contact within 48-72 hours via email. Occasionally there may be a technical issue with the link provided. If you have difficulty with the link or are not contacted within 72 hours, please call Health Services at (603) 862-3823.
What kind of support and help can I expect?
Initial contact is via email. Additional contact is determined by you and the mentor. Contact may be via email, phone conversation or face-to-face meeting.
Is confidentiality respected?
Mentors respect confidentiality unless you disclose that you may harm yourself or someone else.