PROCEEDS from Wednesday night's Healthy and Happy Body Images workshop in Horsham will be used to help Wimmera people dealing with mental health issues.
The workshop will promote awareness of healthy body images and help shed light on the growing problem of eating disorders within the region.
Organisers Hayley Jende, Alyshia Okely, Maddison Peters and Sarah Wickes will host the workshop as part of their Leadership Wimmera Regional Leadership Program activities, under the banner The Real Beauty Revolution.
The workshop will be at Grains Innovation Park in Horsham at 6.30pm.
Ms Okely said Healthy and Happy Body Images was suitable for all ages and would help promote positive body images in the community.
“Of Australians aged 11 to 24 years, about 28 per cent of males and 35 per cent of females are dissatisfied with their appearance, and this low self-esteem increases the chance of disordered eating,” she said.
“Depression, anxiety and personality disorders are also being experienced by those affected.”
Ms Okely said the quartet had fundraised for the workshop since March.
She said many of the region’s businesses had supported the initiative.
Money raised will go towards Healthy Minds.
“Healthy Minds is a local community group established by Horsham man Gavin Morrow in response to a rise of suicides within the Wimmera region and a concern that more needed to be done to change this situation,” Ms Okely said.
“We wanted any proceeds to be used locally to support the community.
“Healthy Minds founders have been funding their group and we are very happy to further assist them in their quest to help those in need.”
Mr Morrow said Healthy Minds Horsham welcomed the support for his group and its efforts to help deal with mental health issues.
“Our group has become a conduit between people with mental health issues and professional people who can help,” he said.
Ms Okely said people who wanted to attend the workshop should register their name and contact number at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She said people could visit www.facebook.com/therealbeautyrevolution for more information on the group and its initiatives.