“1 in 6 youth will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life, with rates of anxiety and depression increasing by 70 percent over the past 25 years. A recent study found that Instagram is the most damaging social network to young people’s mental well being, causing feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.”
On this day last year we had the honour of teaming up with RAW Beauty Talks + The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, to help change this stat by raising funds for youth positive body image and media literacy program, Free To Be. Forty incredible women and men joined us at The Orchard for delicious soul food, raw conversation and the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for this important program. It was a beautiful, intimate + heart warming experience that truly had a lasting impact on all of us.
At the time, RAW Beauty Talks Founder, Erin Treloar, was mega preggers with her second child and I (Jessica) had a fresh two month old baby but when our minds are set on getting something done (even if our husbands think we are completely crazy), we’re going to make it happen. However, none of it would have been possible without an incredible list of sponsors + individuals donating their time + services [full list of sponsors here] plus our very supportive hubbies, one of which may have been onsite wearing the new baby helping with set up…[photo below].
We’re a year late on getting this story + these images to the blog but this conversation + movement is one that will never become irrelevant. We hope to have the opportunity to donate our time to another fundraising segment of these change-maker societies.
What is Free To Be?
Free To Be is a research-based positive body image program for youth in grades six to eight. The program empowers boys and girls to reach their full potential by developing media literacy awareness, cultivating individual strengths, building resilience to social pressures that impact body image, and nurturing a positive social environment.
To learn more about the program please visit www.freetobetalks.com.