Help­ing teens be fab

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como Kewdale -

COMO res­i­dent Lizelle Hart­ley’s love of fash­ion com­bined with health coach Theresa Bates’ pas­sion to help teens makes an un­break­able duo com­mit­ted to chang­ing the lives of young peo­ple.

The pair have launched Fash­ion­able Amaz­ing Beau­ti­ful (FAB) Teens, a health ad­vo­cate group set up to tackle the myr­iad is­sues faced daily by WA teenagers.

As a health coach and mother of two, Ms Bates said teenagers were strug­gling with the ex­pec­ta­tions put on them by their peers and wider so­ci­ety.

“We saw an is­sue with teenagers self-harm­ing, lack­ing con­fi­dence and even con-

tem­plat­ing sui­cide, so we wanted to get to it early and get them healthy and con­fi­dent be­fore it be­comes even more se­ri­ous,” she said.

“The aim is to bring up a gen­er­a­tion of con­fi­dent young peo­ple.”

FAB Teens have been run­ning hol­i­day work­shops for teenagers, with one sched­uled for South Perth this week.

Ms Hart­ley said after each work­shop the self­con­fi­dence and knowl­edge was writ­ten all over the par­tic­i­pants’ faces.

“The best part about the pro­gram is see­ing the dif­fer­ence in the girls at the end,” she said.

Teenager Court­ney Bates said the work­shops were im­por­tant be­cause many girls were not con­fi­dent with them­selves.

“There are helplines, but I think this is a bet­ter way to in­ter­act and show them in real life what they can have and that they don’t need to be like ev­ery­one else – that they can be an in­di­vid­ual.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Theresa Bates and Lizelle Hart­ley.

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