Forward Thinking Females – Press Release


Maidstone and Mid-Kent (MMKM) have launched a new programme in partnership with Maidstone Leisure Trust. The programme aims to target issues such as body image and self-esteem in young women between the ages of 14 and 25. The course combines physical activity sessions with wellbeing worker led workshops, balancing physical activity with mental health education.

A survey conducted by the National Statistics Office in 2017 found that one in four young women aged 16 to 24 in the UK report mental health problems. These figures were collected as part of a wider study conducted, with the aim of gauging the wellbeing of people between the ages of 16 to 24.

New reports based on NHS data from this year show that hospitals are treating almost twice as many girls for self-harm as they did 20 years ago, prompting warnings about the pressures that social media and school work are putting on young people.

Nikki Brooker, MMK Mind’s Youth wellbeing worker, said:

“This course is targeted for young women between the ages of 14 – 25 not in education, employed or completing training. The course aims to provide attendants with a range of activities – all building confidence and self-esteem. A healthy diet, exercise and forward planning will also be included.”

Gabrielle Kay, of Maidstone Leisure Trust, said that “physical activity has been associated with psychological benefits to young people”, adding that frequent exercise can have “strong impacts on self-esteem and confidence”, helping a young person to build confidence and self-control.

The course starts on the 13th of September and will run on Thursdays. For more details, please contact MMK Mind on 01622 692383 or E-Mail:

Press release issued 20/08/18