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Frankie Bridge visits SHS for Self-Esteem Team Lecture

Self-esteem team workshop Thursday 19th November saw founder of the Self-Esteem Team, Natasha Devon, visit Stamford High School to present a talk to pupils about confidence and self-esteem, an event which was attended by Frankie Bridge of pop group ‘The Saturdays.’

Natasha Devon, founder of the Self-Esteem Team organisation, spoke about the mental health and body image issues people of young age can often encounter. Natasha and her team travel the country attending schools in order to challenge stereotypes, reduce stigma surrounding mental health and educate young people on these factors. She gave examples of how multinational companies can often give poor representations of girls and women in their commercials and how they extensively use Photoshop throughout their campaigns.

The Self-Esteem Team specialise in giving presentations to students in Year 9 and children of thirteen years and above. Additionally they give presentations to parents on the challenges facing young people surrounding self-esteem and help teachers also understand these issues through providing teacher training on these matters.

Frankie was fronting a documentary for the BBC on self-esteem and positive body image which was broadcast on The Victoria Derbyshire Show on the BBC. After Natasha’s talk, Frankie spoke to a group of SHS pupils about the social pressures of personal appearance and the impacts of social media.

Head of Stamford High School, Vicky Buckman said, ““Feeling positive and confident is one of the most important life skills we can give our pupils. That’s why we were absolutely delighted to welcome Miss Devon to Stamford Endowed Schools to talk about self-esteem. It’s an area that can affect so many young people, and it is great that Frankie came here to raise further awareness of these issues.”