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 their 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 on both of your individual schedules.
How long does it take to get a response?
The mentor will call you within 48-72 hours. If you have difficulty with the request form, or if you are not contacted within 72 hours, please call 603-862-3823.
What kind of support and help can I expect?
During your first phone call with your mentor, you will work together to determine your next steps. Contact may be via email, phone, or in person.
Is confidentiality respected?
Mentors respect confidentiality unless you disclose that you may harm yourself or someone else.
Becoming an ECM
Students who would like to become an Eating Concern Mentor must apply through the Peer Education program.
Expectations of Eating Concerns Mentors
- Commit to being an Eating Concerns Mentor for at least 2 semesters (fall 2018 for training and spring 2019 for mentoring)
- Complete mandatory peer education training
- Work collaboratively with Health & Wellness staff and other peer education groups
- Signed agreement to be a part of the Health & Wellness team
- Time commitment of approximately 3 hours/week
- Weekly meetings (60 minutes/week)
- Participation on sub-committee (60 minutes/week), as needed
- Implementation of health promotion activities (60-90 minutes/week)
- Attend monthly training on health specific topics (1 hour/month)
- Attend UNH events as a peer educator (1x/month)
Applications Due March 9