On the day this young woman said out loud that her body wasn’t good enough, we made a pact to show all women the opposite message.
We want to show them what real, healthy, badass women look like and to let them know that loving and accepting what you have is king.
That day, after our training session, we took a photo of some of our team in sports bras, all sweaty and muddy and REAL.
We posted the photo on social media with a heartfelt message to try to inspire confidence in our young ones (the original post is below).
Within 24 hours our post was viral. It currently has 29,000 shares and has reached over 4 million people. This is a testament to how strongly our country feels for changing our young women’s mindsets.
The many messages and comments we received about this post were heartbreaking; Mothers who had lost daughters to suicide because of body image issues, people who had been struggling with eating disorders for years and families that were worried sick for their children - the list goes on. So many people thanked us for making the post, saying they and their young women needed to see it that day.
This made us think, what if they could see it every day? And so the idea for our calendar was born... A team of female rugby players, photographed naked doing what we love doing best; playing rugby!
The funds we raise from the sale of this calendar will be halved between Mental Health UK and our own rugby club.
The half used by our club will go towards much needed improvement of our ladies’ facilities. Hopefully encouraging more ladies to play with us and reap the benefits that rugby has to offer.
The remainder will be donated to Mental Health UK; a charity that helps our young women deal with these issues.
As well as fundraising, we are shouting 2 key messages as loud as we possibly can ...
Earlier this year, one of our ladies had a conversation with her 11 year old niece. This beautiful 11 year old stated she wanted to loose weight. She is a perfectly happy, healthy young girl who has been influenced by the media into thinking she is not good enough.
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At Mental Health UK, we connect with people and organisations to provide mental health information, advice and support.
Working across the UK, we bring together over 40 years of expertise from our four national founding charity partners to improve understanding and provide vital care. Individually we are mental health experts in our respective nations. Together we are an even stronger team. Our way of collaborating allows more people across the UK to access support for their own mental health as well as friends, family members and carers.
Living with a mental health condition can affect many aspects of daily life, from your physical health to your home, your work and ability to manage money. Every year we provide thousands of people across the UK with practical advice and information to help understand and manage their mental health.
Some of our projects include:
Support groups providing a safe space for people to learn new skills, meet new people and talk about their experiences without discrimination.
Mental Health and Money Advice, the first UK-wide service to address both mental health and money issues together.
‘How does it feel on the inside’ mental health information guides distributed to over 700,000 GP surgeries and university students.
Bloom, a resilience programme for 14-18 year olds to help young people manage their mental health through life transitions.
Journalists and publications, we'd be delighted of your coverage to increase the exposure and success of our calendar. Please direct your queries to:
Name: Louise Willcott