Living in a plugged-in society, we are constantly exposed to the highlight reels of others ‘ideal’ lives across social media. Whether we are scrolling past countless hot bikini selfies on Instagram or looking at blogs of people on enviable exotic holidays, it can be detrimental to our mental health, particularly for young girls. Counsellor and founder of The Girl Gang Wellness, Danielle Demourtzidis noticed the increased number of stress, anxiety and depression in teens and with that in mind, has launched workshops to empower and inspire young women! We had a chat to Danielle upon the launch of The Girl Gang Wellness.
What made you want to start The Girl Gang Wellness Workshops?
Having extensively worked with teenage girls, it became evident that the number of students falling victim to depression and anxiety was overwhelming. Some were facing more serious issues, where others were dealing with exam stress, pressure keeping up with their work, friendship issues and a whole of bunch of general normal encounters as a teen girl. I ran a series of workshops targeting the recurring issues teenage girls seem to be facing and from these, the feedback was very positive. I wanted to expand on these workshops and offer this affordable service to every teen in Adelaide. This was how The Girl Gang Wellness was born.
What can we expect to see in these workshops?
At the Girl Gang Wellness workshops teens will learn to truly embrace who they are. They will have a place they can come every month and feel like they are accepted. They will be given all the tools to learn how to be the best version of themselves.
Our August workshop (tickets available via Eventbrite) will focus on the importance of Self Love with an amazing Life Coach, we will have a Nutritionist educating us on the importance of what we put in our bodies and a Pilates Instructor will teach us how to unwind with a 30-minute Pilates class. We focus and physical health as well and mental health.
We don’t double up on information, so you can attend our workshops each month and you’ll always learn something new. We have different psychologists, educators, doctors, nutritionists, Pilates Instructors and wellness coaches at each workshop which means they will always be educational, empowering and enjoyable!
Why is this issue important to you?
Being a mother, a sister, an aunty and accredited counsellor I have seen that teen girls are now facing more pressure than ever before. What I found was that for teen girls, the immense pressure for perfection is at its highest. Social media platforms are definitely a great communication tool when used in moderation but when used to breed narcissistic tendencies the issue is that teens validate themselves and their own worth with the number of ‘likes’ they get from others, rather than how they see themselves. The Girl Gang Wellness wants teens to embrace their differences and know that the only person you should ever compete with is the best version of yourself.
What do you hope to achieve with The Girl Gang Wellness in the next few years?
2018 is all about our private workshops. Each month we hold workshops in various locations around Adelaide with amazing educators. 2019 will see The Girl Gang Wellness workshops being offered in schools as well as establishing our one on one counselling service to teens that need a little extra guidance between workshops.
We aim to unite teen girls who may be going through similar situations and to give them an outlet to express themselves and build the coping mechanisms when dealing with anxiety, self-esteem, body image and more.
You have style icon/fashion blogger Elle Ferguson on for the launch. What was it like to work with such an important influencer to many young girls/woman and how did this relationship come about?
Elle has been an absolute pleasure to work with. We connected over Instagram (the joys of social media!) and she felt this was a topic near to her heart. There’s so much more to her then meets the eye. Her story as a teen is emotional and inspirational. The part that people don’t see is how hard she has worked to get to where she is today. She’s an educated woman with an amazing work ethic and I look forward to guests hearing her story.