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School Nurses From Across The Country Have Promised To Tackle Childhood Body Image

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -

Hundreds of delegates from the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) gathered at their annual conference in Manchester on Tuesday to receive the Fixers report on Body Image.


Fixer Ellie Hawcutt, 16, presented the report findings and asked the nurses to help bring about change in schools.


'The atmosphere at the event was really positive,' said Ellie. 'A lot of them were recognising they needed to spend more time with the students talking about body image.


'We can all do a little bit and I hope this report and the school nurses will bring about change.'


The report, titled Girls Fixing Body Issues , draws on the findings from workshops we have been holding across the country this year.

Girls aged between 16 and 25 have been asked to discuss body image in relation to five key areas: Home, health, school, employment and the media.

The workshops, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, through the Tampon Tax Fund, culminated in a one-day event in London which saw young people talking about their experiences of body image and self-esteem with professional facilitators.


During the afternoon, celebrity campaigner Melissa Johns, and body positive ambassador Fixer Shannon Finnan co-hosted a debate where the young people and audience members contributed to the body image discussion.


Hear from others affected by this issue. Click to read their stories.


Themes from the workshops and London event have been developed into a significant report, which Fixers will use to help bring about change.

Recommendations include asking for regular and consistent PSHE lessons which include discussions on how to cope with the scrutiny and pressure young girls find themselves under over body image.


Young women are also calling for a relaxed approach to school uniform and makeup would better prepare them for college or employment and help them feel more relaxed in the classroom.


Sharon White, CEO of SAPHNA, attended the event and said: 'The response to the launch of the report has been immensely positive.

'Delegates – ranging from front-line practitioners, national leads, commissioners and directors of public health – all agree this is an excellent, high quality and informative report and intend to use this, the microsite and resources, to support their work with schools, children and young people, families and stakeholders regarding body image and the impact this can and does have on the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people.

'SAPHNA will continue to work with Fixers on this project and capitalise on the strength of feeling from the conference delegates to jointly address some of the report recommendations.'


To read the report, visit our dedicated microsite here.


To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.



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Pooky's Video Round Up: Eating Disorders, Anorexia,Depression & More

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -

Pooky's most recent mental health videos:

Eating Disorders: I think my child has an eating disorder – what should I say?
This video is in response to several parents who have contacted Pooky asking for some ideas about how to start the conversation because they're worried that their child might have an eating disorder.

Let's mean it when we ask "How are You?"
Pooky considers the phrase 'how are you?' and the fact that it has become more of a social tic than a meaningful question - I explore how we can become a little better at asking, and answering, the question 'how are you' and why this would be beneficial.

What is #3GoodThings and why is it worth a go?
In this video, Pooky explains the concept of #3GoodThings which is my take on the practice of taking a moment to note your gratitude each day.

Box Breathing Technique - simple strategy to calm anxiety
Box breathing is a simple way to take control of your breathing and help you to feel calmer if your anxiety is rising.

Establishing good sleep hygiene
Pooky explores simple steps that we can take to enable us to get sleep that is better in terms of both quality and quantity.

Self-Harm -You asked: I was clean for 12 months, then I self-harmed.. what do I do next?
One of Pooky's YouTube subscribers asked what they should do as they'd managed to stop self-harming for 12 months but had recently self-harmed again. I explore next steps.

Anxiety: How a buddy can help you challenge yourself
Pooky explores the role that a buddy or ally can play in helping you challenge yourself - especially in difficult or new social situations - if you struggle with anxiety.

5 things it's helpful to know if your friend is depressed
Pooky explains a little bit about how depression makes us act and feel to help you understand better if you have a loved one who is struggling with depression.

Why is weight restoration so important when treating anorexia?
Pooky answers a question she's often asked which is why there is a focus on weight restoration during the early stages of treatment for anorexia nervosa though this can cause distress


Book Review - Life after my husband's suicide - Sue Henderson
In her book, Sue draws on 25 years as a social worker, 15 years as a parent widowed by suicide and research into bereavement to create a book that is part memoir, part guide.

Anxiety: 6 ways to make life more manageable
Pooky explores 6 strategies that you can use to make life more manageable for a young person (or any person) who is struggling with anxiety.

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Be Real Launches Body Confidence Research And Schools Toolkit - The Be Real Campaign

Cherylynn Wray - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 -

Almost a third of 11 to 16 year olds isolate themselves because of body image anxiety.


Be Real Campaign launches Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools to tackle low body confidence in the classroom

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Media Smart - Body Image Resources

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, January 08, 2017 -

Research shows that over half of girls and a quarter of boys think their peers have body image problems. So now more than ever, it is important that pupils are media literate and able to navigate the world of commercial messaging. Help them to better understand advertising and its influence with our film-based classroom resource for pupils aged 9 to 11 which will tackle the sensitive issues related to body image.


Supported by the Government Equalities Office and accredited by the PSHE Association, the resources are designed to build pupils’ emotional resilience as they learn to engage deeper with the messages and methods of advertising. These high-quality resources were created by leading independent experts and will support you in teaching engaging and interactive lessons with key curriculum links to PSHE. ?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=edcoms&utm_campaign=july2016_PSHE_edcoms&utm_content=resources

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