First Steps ED
First Steps ED is offering your students the opportunity to experience our unique, interactive workshops which are proven to improve their self-esteem and body image, and give an understanding of how to stop the signs of media portrays a negative body image, that is unrealistic and false.
Many young people develop low self-esteem from hang-ups about looks, and
consequently, fail to reach their full potential in later life. In response to this,
First Steps ED have created Self-Esteem and Body Image Workshop, an
educational workshop for 7-18 year olds that aims to give pupils the tools to
build positive self-esteem, and provide a platform for group discussion on
Why is positive self-esteem so critical?
Experts agree that self-esteem directly impacts the lives of adolescents.
The Link Programme state:
one in eight children experience a mental health problem;
50% of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders begin by the age of 14
According to Professor Nicola Rumsey at the Centre for Appearance Research,
body image issues are implicated in:
The uptake of smoking (particularly in girls)
Disordered eating (binging, purging &
extreme food restriction in girls; protein
powders and steroids in boys) Alcohol misuse (to reduce inhibitions
around body image in social situations) Exercise avoidance (fears about wearing
So by helping our young people to grow up with body confidence equips them
with an important skill for life.
Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten, associate professor in childhood studies at the
University of Portsmouth and head of the mental health in childhood and
education research group, states:
“There are signs and symptoms of specific mental health issues at primary
school and earlier on, even when children are in [the early years foundation
stage]. And if we get involved early on with the right interventions, we can
try to ensure those signs do not turn into diagnosable mental health issues.”
About the Self-Esteem and Body Image workshops
First Steps is offering your students the opportunity to experience our unique,
interactive workshops which are proven to improve their self-esteem, and give
an understanding of how the media portrays a negative body image, that is
unrealistic and false.
Definitions & statistics
Body Image pressures
Ways to deal with negative body talk & airbrushing
Self-Care/ How to get help
The workshops can be delivered at a time and date convenient to your school
and its pupils and are delivered by our team of expert trainers, specialising in
eating disorders, self-esteem and body image.