YP Face it !

Changing Faces, a national charity for people and families whose lives are affected by conditions, marks or scars that alter their appearance,  are running a campaign for young people aged 13-17, called *YP Face It  

Looking visibly different from other people, for whatever reason can be challenging.  You may feel that other people stare at you, some may ask questions, others may say hurtful things to you. 

Changing Faces gives these tips:

1. Remember that ‘looking’ is okay, especially if someone smiles at the same time. Just smile back !

2. If you feel comfortable, have a simple answer ready if someone asks a question about your face or body; e.g. it’s a birth mark, it’s just the way I was born.

3. Don’t feel under pressure to say more than you feel comfortable with.

4. If the questions get too much, you can distract them by asking THEM a question about themselves, or something completely unrelated such as “I wonder what we’re doing in class today?”

5. Although this is hard to do, try not to keep checking and looking around to see who is looking at you, as chances are you will find lots of people looking… but not for the reasons you think !!!  It is far more likely they are looking at you and wondering why you are looking at them.

However,  being called names, or being physically hurt by someone because of your appearance is bullying, and that is NOT okay. Looking different can have a huge impact on your self esteem, confidence and mood.  It may be helpful to chat with someone about this; this may be a parent or carer, trusted teacher, school nurse, or your CAMHS worker.

If you want to find out more about Changing Faces, their main website is here

 *YP = Young Person

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