Validating youth for who they authentically are through self-acceptance and self-definition

free from the DIS-EMPOWERING influences of instant gratification and the pursuit of perfection.

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ValidateMe is a mental and social health project run by young people for young people

Whilst 91% of young people are engaged in social networking, rates of depression and anxiety in young people over the past 25 years have risen by more than 70% (Dr Richelle Mayshak, Deakin University).

Today’s youth’s sense of identity and validation is driven by addiction to social media and the pursuit of perfection. No one posts an imperfect image, every upload to Instagram or Facebook presents an idealistic persona. Reality cannot compete with unattainable and unsustainable perfection.