Mental Healthy Award
Monday 19th March 2012

We’re a little bit too excited here at Body Gossip. We’ve just found out that Gossip School, our education programme, has been shortlisted for a Mental Healthy Award!

Gossip School has already won a ‘Future 100’ Award for Social Impact in November 2011. So we’re delighted to be recognised again. The Mental Healthy Awards are incredibly prestigious. They’re awarded by SANE, The Mental Health Association, the Centre for Mental Health and Emergence. Gossip School has been shortlisted in the ‘Business Hero’ category - And we’re pleased to see our friends, Men Get Eating Disorders Too, in the ‘Community Hero’ category. See the full shortlist here.
At Body Gossip, we believe it is every teenager's (and, indeed, every person’s) right to feel valued, appreciated and gorgeous, just the way they are. We also believe that self-esteem and body confidence are an essential foundation if young people are going to fulfil their true potential. Our motto is “think about your body initially more, ultimately less” and Gossip School gets students thinking about their bodies, confronting their issues and empowers them to go forth and be the best version of themselves.
Our one hour class allows students to really understand body image issues and how they’re about more than just looks, to question their negative beliefs about themselves and change their perspectives. We also look at potentially negative influences like airbrushing and certain aspects of the advertising industry, giving students the tools to see how and when they’re being manipulated into feeling inferior.
Our class has been raved about by everyone from the magnificent Jo Swinson, Chairman of the APPG on Body Image, to Mr Body Confidence himself Gok Wan, who described Gossip School as “exactly what the UK is crying out for!”.
To date, we’ve worked with almost 10,000 students of both genders aged 13-18 in schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK.
But we want to get into more schools and colleges, and give our message to more young people so that they too can feel fantastic about themselves. So you. Yes, you reading this - click on ‘Gossip School’ above to find out more, and how Gossip School can come to an educational establishment near you!