Ex­er­cise in­spires con­fi­dence

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourviews -

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

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