When I was young, my parents and my aunt and uncle, who lived in the neighbouring village, would sometimes meet in the little chocolate-box, thatched pub on the green and sit in the beer garden on sunny Sunday afternoons. Chloe, my cousin, and I would be allowed to have a glass of Coke as a rare treat and I still remember the sugar rush as we slurped it through stripy straws. And then they laughed for ages, that kind of drunken, blasting, slightly false laugh that rings entirely hollow. That memory resurfaced last November, when I got myself into a spot of bother with the tabloid press. Brief summary: I advocated the use of gender neutral language when addressing groups of pupils at a conference. A journalist present speculated that I was part of the “transgender lobby” which for a non-existent organisation is attributed an awful lot of imaginary power, I find.
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He now does workshops in universities, and is an MBE as well as being an all-round top bloke.
health champion and leading campaigner Natasha Devon MBE has teamed up with charities to You can keep up to date with Natasha’s campaign on Twitter.
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These are just a few of the questions Natasha Devon is asked as she travels the UK campaigning for better mental health awareness and provision. Here, Natasha calls upon experts in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and anthropology to debunk and demystify the full spectrum of mental health. Statistically, one in three of us will experience symptoms of a mental illness during our lifetimes. Yet all of us have a brain, and so we ALL have mental health – regardless of age, sexuality, race or background.
The past few years have seen an explosion in awareness, yet it seems there is still widespread confusion. A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental is for anyone who wants to have this essential conversation, written as only Natasha – with her combination of expertise, personal experience and humour – knows how.
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I am co-director of one of the UK’s most in-demand self-esteem education programmes: the Body Gossip Campaign. Presently we visit approximately four schools or colleges each week during term time. We are living in a world where one in 10 young people will develop an eating disorder before they reach the age of 25 with 1. Thankfully lots of wonderful teachers have shrewdly identified the need for a class like ours. To date we have worked with 25, UK teenagers, male and female, in state and independent education.
We use a combination of first hand testimonial, psychology, media literacy and political awareness to make our students realise they are both valuable and valued.
In The Spotlight: Natasha Devon
Natasha Devon MBE was chosen for the role after launching two organisations giving young people, parents and teachers tips on dealing with mental health and body image concerns. That is why we are promoting greater use of counselling in schools, improving teaching about mental health, and supporting joint working between mental health services and schools. Schools Week highlighted serious weaknesses with mental health care in schools as part of a series of investigations into vulnerable learners in February.
We spoke to senior politicians in the health field who revealed there is no accurate, up-to-date figures on the prevalence of mental health disorders of those aged under But in March the Department for Education published a blueprint for school counselling services which provides schools with evidence-based advice. Comments: 1.
The charter is listed in full below, along with a list of organisations and high profile individuals who have signed to date. You can show your support for the.
Natasha Devon, campaigner, author and founder of the Mental Health Media Charter, speaks to Happiful about this campaign to improve the mental health of the nation by ensuring employers look after the wellbeing of their workforce. My passion for making this change comes from a number of sources. Despite promising parity of esteem in , it has seemed to be all rhetoric and no action since.
This would be one step they could take to show they are prepared to make structural changes. My other motivation is more personal. I had what I now realise were some terrible experiences with employers before I got help for my eating disorder in I was humiliated, disciplined and generally had my belief that I was lazy, useless and unprofessional reinforced by the people around me at work. She managed to get all the brands Bauer look after Grazia, Kiss FM, Magic, Empire etc on board and coordinate a brilliant media campaign involving celebrity interviews from the likes of Professor Green, Peter Andre, virtually the entire cast of Love Island and Megan McKenna, all whilst heavily pregnant!
The lovely MrPeterAndre spoke to us really frankly about his mental health journey, from breakdown, to breakthrough, medication, therapy and happiness. You always try as a campaigner to focus your energies on the issues which resonate with people. To have that instinct confirmed by hundreds of thousands of people renews my determination to make this change in law happen. I feel like I have an army of supporters beside me spurring me on.
You are your looks: that’s what society tells girls. No wonder they’re depressed
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A study published by Girlguiding this week has revealed that half of girls feel stifled by gender stereotyping , with children as young as seven believing they are valued more for their appearance than for their achievements or character. It is not, I believe, a coincidence that in the same week a government-funded study has shown a quarter of girls exhibit symptoms of depression by the age of Neurobiologists now know there is no discernible difference between male and female brains at the point of birth.
By the time humans reach adolescence, there will usually be significant divergence. Traditionally, psychologists have tended to assume this is because men and women are naturally and inherently different. Brain development is determined by what we do, and therefore if, unconsciously, adults steer children towards certain activities based on their gender, they influence how their minds grow on a physiological level. Thus gender bias becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. This, combined with the ever-spiralling academic pressure experienced by all young people, understandably causes high levels of anxiety, which, when sustained over time, can lead to feelings of depression.
Never is this more pronounced than when one observes the difference in culture between co-ed and single-sex schools. It gives us a glimpse into what society might be like if we levelled the playing field. This involves replacing praise focused on appearance with praise relating to character. This is something that can be replicated on social media.
Please refresh the page and retry. More of that in a moment. T o do any of the above would, in my opinion, be akin to emotional self-harm. I visit three schools per week educating teenagers on mental health, a topic about which I am incredibly passionate and forms the bulk of my campaign work. I have enough on my proverbial plate helping three dimensional people with their mental health, without attempting to do it constrained by characters and a wall of prejudice.
I figured taking part in an experiment such as this might render me better equipped to answer those questions.
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For years, the media has been churning out the same lazy and irresponsible crap about mental health. In just the same way as fashions flow from catwalk to celebrities to high street, so mythologies around social issues slip seamlessly from mainstream media, via social media and into general vernacular, in turn affecting our behaviours and attitudes. Each point is evidence based and in some cases has been shown to preserve life when implemented in areas with high suicide rates.
Why would newspapers and tv shows want to induce copycat behaviours in people potentially vulnerable to eating disorders, self-harm or suicide? Why would they want to increase the fear and stigma around mental illness by propagating the myth that people who experience them are more harmful to others than they are to themselves? If you can make a genuine case for any of these, please do feel free to get in touch.
Is your child in crisis? The top five signs parents should watch out for
Once on a date I dropped my bag and about seven tampons spilled out on the floor. As my date bent down to help me scoop up my belongings.
Research conducted by the charity Young Minds shows that in an average British classroom three children will have a mental health issue. The book is co-authored by Lynn Crilly, a counsellor and mother specialising in eating disorders and Natasha Devon, founder of the Self-Esteem Team, a group who travel the UK delivering presentations on mental health and body image to teenagers in schools and colleges. Natasha, who is also an activist and works alongside the All Parties Parliamentary Group to campaign for better personal, health and social education in schools, admits that the book is, at times, controversial.
Natasha says that one of the main aims of the book was to de-stigmatise mental health issues, which will statistically affect 1 in 4 of us during our lifetimes. What we wanted to convey with Fundamentals is that everyone has a mental health, just as everyone has a level of physical fitness. Scroll down for Natasha’s five key signs that parents and teachers should be looking out for. This is a tricky one, because most teenagers spend a lot of time on social networking sites.
Firstly, the research shows that people who are being cyber bullied tend to spend more time online, not less. I interviewed several global experts on various mental health problems for Fundamentals and this was one symptom they all agreed upon.