Exercise inspires confidence
I’d like to comm end the launch of the Be Real Campaign which has been working with charities, schools and public bodies to help build the confidence of young people in the UK.
A recent poll delivered by the campaign revealed that a third of the 2,000 teenagers polled avoid getting involved in PE lessons because of the way they feel and look.
In The Boys’ Brigade we have noted similar figures to this relating to both body image and young people’s mental-wellbeing and have made considerable efforts to stress the importance of how our organisation and youth work can help provide support and ad- vice in relation to these issues.
The BB offers a safe space where our members can discuss how they are feeling and learn about both external and peer pressures that could affect them and how to deal with them effectively.
One of our goals is to instil resilience in young people which leads to an increase in confidence and better equips them to deal with various situations they could face in life.
Hopefully more campaigns like this succeed and we can work together to stamp out stigma around mental health and help address body confidence issues, while supporting young people to reach their full potential.
Bill Stevenson Chief executive The Boys’ Brigade