Category Archives: Mental Health

To the Skin Deep community…

A message from Lauren

Things have been a little quiet here over the last few months, so I wanted to provide an explanation.

Jane, Jess and Natalie on a body image panel at Women of the World Festival 2013

Jess (centre) with Jane and Natalie on a body image panel at Women of the World Festival (Katherine) 2013

We’ve had some changes to the team and a HUGE thank you goes out to Jess who recently moved on to channel her great energy into other areas. Jess has been a huge influence in the every day activities of the project, a great support, and is going to kill it at whatever she puts her mind to!

In other areas: yesterday I watched this talk by the brilliant Brené Brown (a US researcher) and, like a few other things over this period, it really struck a chord with me. I’ve been living small. I have been stuck in a giant, fiery hole of self doubt and it’s been creating blockages in many areas of my life from this project (which I am intensely passionate about), to my new business, and even to just being motivated to get up and go for a walk.


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Skin Deep presents: InsideOut

Warm lights fill the centre of a dark room, where two young mums stand in front of an intimate audience, to talk about the dreams they hold for their children. Self love. Positive male role models. The confidence to shake off the increasing mountain of images of models, photoshopped within an inch of their lives.

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Fat Talk Free February is over. So, what now??

Last week Fat Talk Free February drew to a close, and some of us will be wondering – “what next?”.

Well we’re here to tell you that although marked formally once a year, Fat Talk can be banished all year round!

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How speaking up has helped me quiet the noise.

Words: Rachel Warland 

I was inspired to write this following the tragic passing of Charlotte Dawson and the need to get out there the importance of treating and educating people about mental illness.

About a year ago some alarm bells set off for me after completing a Mental Health First Aid course and I decided it was time for me to get help. A year later (almost) and I am a lot better and manage my anxiety as best I can. Receiving ongoing treatment was the best thing I ever did – it has done wonders in aiding me to live with anxiety. I want to share my experiences to help others who suffer from mental illness and give them hope that things will get better if you find that light within, or confide in those you love wanting to help you. And get the help you need and deserve.

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Wellbeing (and self-love) is alive at TIO.

On Friday 21 February 2014 Skin Deep attended TIO’s second annual Wellbeing Expo. An initiative hosted by the Employee Wellbeing team at TIO. Much like Skin Deep, this team is a group of individuals with important paid roles who commit to improving the health and wellbeing of their community – at work.

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High school….ten years on.

Words: Jess Cullen

Over the past few weeks I have had an influx of invitations to hang out with people I don’t really know and don’t particularly like. Yep, it’s been 10 years since I graduated high school and the reunions are being planned.

My thoughts regarding the relevance of reunions in the day and age where you can get access to information about anyone you want to aside, props to the guys who are putting themselves out there to organize them – only to be turned down by party-poopers like me. Politely and with the utmost humility, of course.
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Watch your language!

Speaking to ourselves positively is a must this Fat Talk Free Month and beyond, however we know it can be tricky some times. That is why we are sharing with you just a taste of some affirmations and mantras that you might want to incorporate into your daily self talk. We’d love to hear about yours (these were made on the app ‘Instaquote’) so please send them our way, so that together we can create a web of great self talkers!

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Shhhh….I want to share a secret with you!

Words: Lauren Moss

I have a secret.


Sometimes I wear war paint.


You might be wondering how on earth this is a secret, but it is – because no one can see it. The thing is, that sometimes, when a day is going to be really hard or maybe I’m going some where and feel really nervous, putting on that slick of bright lipstick for me is a ritualistic way of taking a breath and saying to myself “I’m prepared”.

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Turn on the light. (Jess Cullen)

Quick! Get the MacBook out! I am feeling some words coming up! And I just took my watch off, so that’s a sign that I have a lot to say, right?!

I want to share a little snippet of my life with you, if you don’t mind. Skin Deep often shares the less positive body image stories (we’re all about honesty with some hope thrown in for good measure), but I have a feel-good one for you and this one is rising in my throat faster than I can keep up with. I just know I have to write something now, or the next unwitting stranger I see at the shops will cop an earful.

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Who is Mr. Right? (2.0)

We love sharing with you the best body image pieces the interwebs have to offer. We have great pleasure in presenting this fantastic piece by Allan, originally posted on

We’ve touched on the impact of body image pressures for males before, and this piece is insightful, thought-provoking and eye-opening.

It’s long, but worth a read, so grab a comfy seat and get ready to have your mind blown!

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