Welcome to the Skin Deep Project!
My name is Lauren Moss, and I thought it was about time we introduced the Skin Deep Project to the interwebs outside of social networks. I lead the project, which has an amazing crew of fabulous, young Territorians behind it.
The Skin Deep Project started in 2010 as a community based project on the Youth Minister’s Round Table of Young Territorians with a team of three. We helped distribute Mission Australia’s Annual Survey of Young Australians that year, and I was quite surprised at some of the discussions that ensued with my peers; ones where embarrasment was expressed about putting ‘body image’ as their number one concern. Body image is one of those things. Positive or negative, it effects us all and we shouldn’t be embarrassed about it. We also had experiences amongst our peer circles with eating disorders and so the project was born. In 2010 we made recommendations to the Northern Territory Government. In 2011, with a team of two, we made some of them come true on our own – that September we held a community forum with headspace Top End, and began to co-facilitate a community network that continues today. Again, we continued to make recommendations and advocate on these issues.
Today we have five team members from diverse backgrounds. Through this site (soon to be a developed website, watch this space), our Facebook and Twitter, we hope to create a space where young people can challenge the ideals often thrust upon them and where we can create a confidence in the beauty of diversity and individuality.
So to kick off…why the Skin Deep Project for me? Because our bodies are not something to be embarrassed about. Because I’ve been there, done that and at times, it was not a nice place to be. Because I want us to celebrate what makes us different.
Because I don’t fit into a mould. And more importantly…because I no longer want to.
Here’s to more happy, healthy and confident young people.
If you need to speak to someone in relation to body image or eating disorders, you can contact the Butterfly Foundation on 1800 33 4673 (Mon – Fri 9 – 5pm).