Talk Over The Phone Chat Online Talk over email What to do in an emergency

You are here: Support for Australians experiencing eating disordersOur Services Butterfly Education › For Young People

Butterfly Education For Young People

BE logo 200px

Butterfly Education offers prevention focused workshops and presentations directly to young people in Year 3 – Year 12 in schools, youth and community settings and sporting associations.

Sessions are designed for mixed gender audiences but can be delivered to single sex groups.

1 in 5 students globally say they have missed school because they feel they don’t look good enough and 31% of teenagers are withdrawing from classroom debate because they don’t want to draw attention to the way they look.

Butterfly Education addresses these critical issues and aims to develop the resilience required for everyday life. 

Sessions are mapped to the Australian Curriculum and developed using latest research and evidence. 

Topics include:

  • Self-esteem, body esteem and the celebration of diversity and uniqueness
  • Understanding the significant issues that impact self-esteem and body confidence
  • Strategies and tools to support resilience and body confidence
  • Challenging cultural ideals and unhelpful language around weight and appearance
  • Supporting a healthy and positive relationship with food and exercise
  • Developing healthy peer relationships
  • Promoting help-seeking behaviours


Presentations adhere to recommended guidelines, ensuring safe and appropriate content for young people.  Click on the titles below for more information.

Year 3 - 4: Just As I Am

KEY FOCUS: understanding feelings, our amazing bodies and the power of words - appearance based teasing and giving compliments.

Year 5 - 6: Building Body Confidence

KEY FOCUS: exploring what impacts self-esteem and body image (family, friends and puberty) plus an introduction to the influence of the media.

Year 7 - 8: Savvy on Social

KEY FOCUS: examining the impact of body and self-comparison, the role of friends and a more in-depth look at social and other media.

Year 8 - 10: What does 'Healthy' really look like?

KEY FOCUS: highlighting the importance of a healthy attitude to food and exercise on well-being, the dangers of dieting and positive coping strategies.

Year 9 - 10: Great Expectations

KEY FOCUS: exploring the concepts of fat-talk, negative self-talk and the role of social media and advertising on self and body confidence.

Year 11 - 12: Busting Eating Disorder Myths

KEY FOCUS: exploring the reality of body dissatisfaction, importance of positive role modelling and how to support someone you are concerned about.

Tertiary Students

KEY FOCUS: busting common myths associated with negative body image and eating disorders and the importance of positive role modelling and peer support.

Sporting Groups

KEY FOCUS: how sport can impact body confidence and relationships with food and exercise and the influences on attitudes to health and fitness.

"A big thanks to Suzi for her presentation last week. She was an outstanding presenter and engaged very well with the students and did make connections with them. It was a very worthy talk." (Teacher, NSW)

"Thank you so much for the presentation today. Melanie was lovely and I believe the students gained a lot from the presentation, I know the teachers had nothing but positive feedback!" (Teacher, NSW)

“It really broadened and expanded my knowledge as to how ‘fake’ images in magazines or advertisements can be. I think that the workshop really taught me not to compare myself to others, and that I should feel and be happy in my own skin. I enjoyed it thoroughly and was never distracted.” (Student, Year 8)

"The teenagers loved Mitch, and Rebecca. The girls are asking when they can come back, and the few boys that were in the session said “it wasn’t torturous” – which they had thought it might be! From what they’ve all told me it was interesting and relevant, and afterwards there were a few youth (boys included) watching some stuff on unrealistic body images in Disney princesses!  Great work !" (Youth Program Coordinator, NSW)


Our in-school services are based on a fee for service model. All fees help to sustain the programs within Butterfly Education. Information on cost can be obtained at the time of enquiry.

For information and booking please contact Butterfly's Education Coordinator, Helen Bird, on (02) 8456 3908 or email You can also fill in the following enquiry form and we will be in contact with you. 

Subscribe to our newsletter

Support Butterfly
with a donation.

Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.  


We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›

Concerned parents & carers

Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.  


We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›

Teachers & Professionals Working with Young People

Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours.  Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people. 

We have a range of advice & resources ›