Campaigning and Awards

CAMPAIGNING AND AWARDS

The Mental Health Media Charter

For World Mental Health Day 2017, Natasha launched the Mental Health Media Charter. This is a set of 7 simple guidelines for ensuring imagery and language used in mental health reporting is responsible, genuinely educational and stigma-reducing.

The Charter was put together with the help of the Samaritans, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and Beat. It has been endorsed by Girguiding, the Coalition for Men & Boys & the Labour Campaign for Mental Health

On 10th October 2017, Natasha issued a written invitation to the editor of every major publication in the UK, inviting them to sign the charter. She keeps an ongoing log of who has responded and what they have said using the Twitter account @MHMediaCharter. 
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The charter can be signed by individuals or organisations, including bloggers, youtubers and presenters. Those who sign up will receive a specially designed ‘stamp of approval’ drawn by Rubyetc for their website and social media. 

To request a copy of the charter, or to support the campaign please email tash@natashadevon.com .

Mental Health Campaigning

TEDx Talk ‘Is Society Breaking Children’s Brains?

As well as sharing her own experiences of anxiety, panic attacks and her recovery from an eating disorder in 2006, Natasha advises politicians on how schools and colleges can promote better mental health.

Body Image Campaigning

Natasha believes fashion and beauty should showcase a wide range of shapes, sizes, ages, races and physical abilities.

She has modelled for lingerie and swimwear company Curvy Kate, agency Models of Diversity as well as for bridal boutique Bodice and Bustle.

Natasha is a size 16 and has a severely scarred abdomen following surgery for pyloric stenosis when she was a baby and an emergency laparotomy when her spleen ruptured in 2013.

She hopes in writing and speaking about body confidence and her own experiences she will inspire other people to feel proud of their bodies.


Awards

Cosmopolitan Ultimate Campaigner of the Year, 2012.
Mental Health Association Business Hero, 2012.
Ernst & Young’s Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs, 2013.
Government Body Confidence Awards, Education Category, 2014.
MBE for Services to Young People, 2015.
Fellowship, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 2016.

Natasha has authored and contributed to books on mental health, body image and more

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