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. September 3, at pm. A good starting point. More should have been done to embed mental health and emotional well-being into the new national curriculum — a missed opportunity. Click here to cancel reply.
An Open Letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove
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
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.
She travels schools and colleges throughout the UK and the world, including Bangkok ,  pp18—19 The Hague ,  p18 Shanghai ,  p5 Kathmandu ,  Montreux  p18 and Taipei ,  delivering classes and conducting research with teenagers, teachers and parents on mental health, body image and social equality.
Additionally, she is involved in campus wellbeing programmes in a number of British universities including Aberystwyth University and CU London , and is a trustee for student mental health charity Student Minds. She is a patron for No Panic , a charity which gives support to people living with anxiety. Devon’s personal experience of mental health issues began as a girl, when her panic attacks were misdiagnosed as asthma. Later, aged 17, she developed an eating disorder  which she describes as ‘a very bad coping strategy for anxiety’.
She studied English at Aberystwyth University. She recovered from bulimia in and later co-founded the charity Body Gossip with former school friend Ruth Rogers. At the same time, she began visiting schools to deliver presentations and collect anecdotal evidence from pupils, teachers and parents.
Natasha Devon, guest editor for the mental health take over of the EDP. Twitter: Rubyetc Instagram: Rubyetc 3. Body Posi Panda. Megan aka the Body Posi Panda is dedicated to celebrating bodies of all shapes, sizes, colours and ages as well as understanding why this is important for mental health and society. Jonny Benjamin. He now does workshops in universities, and is an MBE as well as being an all-round top bloke.
At the beginning of this month, campaigner and entrepreneur Natasha Devon was dropped as the Conservative government’s ‘mental health.
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. For those of you who want to support the charter, spread the word or lobby a particular media outlet follow twitter account MHMediaCharter, use the hashtag MHMediaCharter on other social media or get in touch via my website www. You can even sign up your own blog or youtube channel Not Plant Based have! We now understand that suicide happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.
Natasha Devon appointed MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours
What I found in my binges was another way to express my discontent. This kind of controlling behaviour can isolate partners, and experts believe, lead to domestic abuse. From reading messages, to Geotagging, or recording conversations – do we need help finding boundaries in the digital age? The trend of photographing others goes beyond ‘manspreading’, it also includes people who are overweight, disabled, or ‘unfashionable’: but what gives us the right to shame a stranger?
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Description ‘Am I normal? 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.
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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.
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. Statistically, one in three of us will experience symptoms of a mental illness during our lifetime. Yet all of us have brains, 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.
Natasha Devon Founder of the Self-Esteem Team – Helping Teenagers with Mental Health, Body Image and Self-Esteem. Dear Michael Gove.
Elizabeth Holmes finds out more. Natasha Devon is seen as an inspiration to many young people. As founder of the Self-Esteem Team and the Body Gossip Education Programme , which give young people practical tips on dealing with mental health and body image concerns, Natasha has delivered classes to more than 50, teenagers, as well as their parents and teachers.
I caught up with Natasha to find out more about what schools can do to support children and young people who are struggling with poor mental health. I’ve begun to realise recently that trying to categorise ‘mental illness’ by prevalence is part of the problem when it comes to stigma. For example, the endlessly quoted ‘1 in 4 people has a mental illness’ statistic presents mental health as ‘other’ – something that happens to other people, who are over there and is unlikely to affect you.
The term ‘mental health’ also covers an incredibly wide scope so it’s difficult to put it into a neat box. We’d never say ‘1 in 4 people has a physical health problem’. Whilst I’ve certainly seen a rise during the time I’ve been working in this field in prevalence of issues like disordered eating, self-harm and anxiety, this could be because we are talking about it more now than in – when I started.
Who knows how many battled behind closed doors when it was less socially acceptable to discuss these issues? Equally, I think given the way society and the economy is structured at the moment, the narrowing of the school curriculum, diminishing family time, increased exam pressure and 24 hour peer and media pressure via the internet, any human and particularly a teenager is likely to struggle to a lesser or greater degree. People who experience depression or self-harm aren’t mad, they are just like you or me.
Mental health is relevant to everyone with a brain. We all need to nurture our minds in the same way we look after our bodies by exercising regularly and eating right.