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Natasha Devon MBE is a writer, presenter & activist. She tours schools, colleges and universities throughout the world, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender & equality. She campaigns both on and offline to make the world a fairer place. Natasha writes regularly for the Guardian and Grazia Magazine, is a former columnist for Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Times Educational Supplement. You might know her from channel 4's 'Naked Beach', BBC 3's 'How to Live with Women' or BBC IWonder's 'Why do I Earn Less Than a Man?'. She also appears as an expert on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News and LBC. Natasha regularly speaks at Parliament and gives evidence to the Education and Health Select Committees, representing the interests of teenagers and teachers. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her services to young people and in 2016 the Sunday Times and Debretts named her one of the 500 most influential people in Britain. Natasha is a patron for the charity No Panic, which provides advice and support for people struggling with anxiety. She is a Trustee for Student Minds and a member of the Men & Boys Coalition (specifically advising on reducing rates of suicide in men). She is a fellow of University of Wales: Aberystwyth and advises them, as well as Coventry University: London, on campus wellbeing.
Mental Health campaigner Natasha Devon is a brilliant speaker. Funny, self-deprecating but passionate and informed too. The key aspect you take away in person or from this excellent book is that she really cares. She is completely frank and open about her own problems growing up but shares her successes too. This honesty shines through and gives the reader confidence in the advice she offers. Everything is grounded in research and at the back you can see the experts she has consulted for every chapter as well as useful lists of where to go for further help. The book is most certainly entertaining enough to read from cover to cover, but it is also straightforward to pick and choose the relevant section you need, and it covers all of secondary school through to university and beyond. As with most self help guides there are quizzes and assessments for self-analysis which again are thoroughly grounded in research. The layout and illustrations are bright and lively, and the jokes flow freely but the important thing is that the overall tone is neither puerile nor patronising. The author has spent a considerable amount of time in schools with young people and it shows, the tone is absolutely pitch perfect. About the only circumstance which is not comprehensively covered in this excellent book is the cancellation of the entire exam system. But given that this will undoubtedly be causing considerable stress in young people then this book will certainly earn its keep. Highly recommended and an essential purchase for home and school.