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Loneliness. Have you ever experienced it? One of the impacts of growing up in the digital age is that 30% of teenagers and millennials suffer from loneliness and feeling friendless.
Jasmine Cherie, a social entrepreneur and the founder of The Heart of the Feminine Project, was frightened to read that our youth do not only have to deal with bullying at school but also online. The Internet has revolutionised social communication and how the human race interacts with each other, and while much of it is harmless, there are those who use the technology to cause emotional harm.
It is a sad fact that bullying, particularly in schools, is rampant throughout the world, with Australia being of no exception. It seems to be a part of human nature to try and dominate others in a group. And, these lessons that are learned in school tend to stay with children more than the official education they receive.
Research shows that 64% of females from Years 6 to 12 reported being cyber-bullied. With this statistic, it’s no wonder that suicide is the leading cause of death in teenagers and that 25% of teenage girls have self-harmed.
The Heart of the Feminine Project was recently founded with the goal to impact the lives and mental health of teenage girls as they journey these tricky years towards womanhood.
It’s Founder, Jasmine Cherie wholeheartedly believes that the mental health of our youth is equally as important as their physical health and that self-love is a rebellious act in a society that profits from insecurity and self-doubt.
“I care about the mental health and emotional wellbeing of teenage girls as they journey these tricky years towards womanhood.
I care that statistics reported from just one counselling service alone delivered 4,636 counselling sessions responding specifically to loneliness in 2017-2018, with 80% of these sessions given to girls.
The feeling that nobody understands you and that you must face the world alone will be a familiar memory to most, but the playing field has changed dramatically for teens since the birth of social media – which, lest we forget, was designed to encourage social interaction.
I care that suicide is still the leading cause of death for our young people in Australia. I say it’s important to have the tough conversations NOW about WHY one in four teenage girls a self-harming. And also to have a look at who we are being for our young people and the messages we are giving them.
I profoundly care that the current paradigm of a social construct is that vulnerability is weakness and that to make it in the world we have to put on our ‘big girl pants on’ and not share what is really going on in our lives.
God forbid we take off the invisible masks we armour ourselves with and let people see who we really are. Our pretend identities are there to keep us safe and protected when really on the inside we are crying out to be seen, held and loved.
Every day hundreds of young Australians are being bullied online, some suffering so much trauma they take their own lives. I am frightened to read that our youth do not only have to deal with bullying at school but also online. The Internet has revolutionised social communication and interaction, and while much of it is benign, there are those who use the technology to cause emotional harm.
It is a sad fact that bullying, particularly in schools, is prevalent throughout the world. It seems to be a part of human nature to try and dominate others in a group, and these lessons that are learned in school tend to stay with children more than the official education they receive.“
After a successful career working for the business world’s elite as Executive Assistant, Jasmine Cherie has in more recent years embarked on a journey as a management consultant; coaching and consulting corporate clients unleashing their human potential and leadership capabilities and also working with their teams on maturing their effectiveness with strong focus on Agile Ways of Working.
Jasmine’s insatiable fascination for the conversation of what it is to be a human being has been the driver for her professional, personal and spiritual development over the last decade. She has immersed herself in leadership transformation modalities and journeyed deep feminine embodiment practices.
With a major focus on targeting rural and regional communities in Australia, the Heart of the Feminine Project intends for teenage girls to learn to build confidence, real self-love, understand how to develop deep and supportive friendships relating with their peers, certainty in their own boundaries (highly valuable as our teens begin to consider engaging romantically, as well as just generally feeling they are being respected), strengthen their body image and overall sense of excitement for their lives.
Each girl will also receive access to a six-week online program where they will receive continued mentoring and feel supported integrating all that they learned in the workshop and can continue to share their journeys and cultivate lifelong friendships. Because of the mental health of our young people is equally as important as their physical well being.
“Good mental health allows young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults”.
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