Natasha Devon
Natasha Devon is a writer, TV pundit and founder of the Self-Esteem Team ( who have delivered classes on mental health and body image into more than 200 schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Natasha has been named Cosmopolitan's 'Ultimate Woman of the Year' 2012, a Mental Health Association 'hero' and one of Ernst & Young's Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs. In 2014 the Self-Esteem Team won an award at the House of Commons recognising their services to education.

Natasha's latest book 'Fundamentals: A Guide for Parents & Teachers on Mental Health & Self-Esteem' is available on now.

Entries by Natasha Devon

Mental Health is Relevant to Everyone

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2015 | (16:42)

So, Kate Middleton has waded into Mental Health discussions with a just-under three minute video urging us to 'speak out' and reduce stigma. A not insignificant part of me is incredibly pleased that such a high profile person has acknowledged the importance of the issue. The other part is a...

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Let's Stop Disguising Body Image Prejudice as 'Concern For Wellbeing'

(35) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (00:00)

I'm going to tell you something now which may shock you. Brace yourself. It is so utterly opposed to everything we have been conditioned to believe as a society that it might cause you a moment of absolute discombobulation... Ready?

There is absolutely no verified scientific evidence linking health to...

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An Open Letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (11:58)

Dear Michael Gove,

I am co-director of one of the UK's most in-demand self-esteem education programmes: the Body Gossip Campaign. Presently we visit approximately four schools or colleges each week during term time.

We are living in a world where one in 10 young people will develop an eating disorder...

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Meditations on Rage

(1) Comments | Posted 18 April 2013 | (11:38)

I love rage. Rage is brilliant. Rage gets stuff done. Rage, harnessed and appropriate unleashed, can change the world.

Occasionally, however, our anger leads us towards a dead end. All the important issues of the moment, the things which really impact our day-to-day lives are hurtling down a nearby...

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Will and Kate's Tour of Cambridge - The Bits the Press Missed

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2012 | (12:22)

Last Wednesday, 28 November 2012, a 15-year-old student from Cambridge stood in front of members of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, five hundred of her peers and representatives from the World press and proudly declared that she is a lesbian, whilst doing the 'rock' sign.

This bold statement...

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We Live in a Culture Obsessed With Extremes

(0) Comments | Posted 29 September 2012 | (00:00)

Switch on your television, flick through a magazine or browse the internet and you'll be assaulted by headlines tempting you to behold the spectacle of "the 63 stone man!", the "anorexic who weighs the same as your average five year old!", or "the model whose desperate bid for success ended...

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APPG on Body Image Report - A Child's Eye View

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2012 | (10:40)

Picture the scene. I've just taught a co-ed year seven class, at an endearingly lovely state school, in the posh end of Hertfordshire. The teachers have whipped the students (and themselves) into a state of frenzy, convinced they have a 'celeb' in their midst (largely based on my regular appearances...

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The Inside Story on UK Teenagers

(2) Comments | Posted 23 January 2012 | (23:00)

When we say 'riot', it conjures an image of a group of people united by a common purpose, rebelling against the system, sticking it to the man, possibly to a 1970s glam-rock inspired soundtrack. Last summer's UK riots, which lasted four days, defied that premise totally. In London, economically deprived...

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