Messages from friends, family and social media can intensify negative body image, making it difficult for young people to feel confident in who they are and engage in activities they enjoy.
Negative body image is a risk factor for developing an eating disorder, meaning it is important for young people to get support when body image concerns are arising.
Gippsland Primary Health Network is supporting Eating Disorders Victoria to facilitate a program for young women in Gippsland, aged from 14 to 18 years, who identify as having body dissatisfaction (you have negative thoughts about your body).
The 2020 Mission Australia Youth Survey found the second most important issue for young people in Gippsland was body image (52%).
The Body Project Australia is a group-based program for young women that has been delivered worldwide. The programs aims to help participants to challenge societal messages that focus on an ideal body, and to start to engage in strategies to improve their relationship with their own body.
The free program takes place through four, 1.5 hour Zoom sessions with two facilitators (she/her) and a small group (maximum 10 people).
This is an interactive program in a friendly, small group setting. You can expect a combination of education, reflection and discussion within the group. At the end of each session you will be given an activity to complete in real life. These activities will be discussed together the following week.
Program 1 is delivered from 4-5.30 pm on 3, 10, 17 and 24 May while Program 2 will be delivered from 4.30-6pm on 19 and 26 May and 2 and 9 June.
You can sign up for the program at Body Project Australia Online Program – Gippsland Registration, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite
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Gippsland PHN commissions a range of mental health services to address issues such as body image and eating disorders. For more information, go to www.gphn.org.au