(image: Mental Health Foundation)
This week, starting today is the Mental Health Awareness Week by the UK charity the Mental Health Foundation. Its theme is looking at Body Image, how we think and feel about our bodies.
Mental Health Foundation say ‘Body Image can affect us all at any age- during this week we are publishing new research and campaigning for change’ .
‘Last year we found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.
Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and directly impact our mental health.
However there is still a lack of much-needed research and understanding around this.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week:
- We will be publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health.
- We will look at body image issues across a lifetime – including how it affects children and young people, adults and people in later life.
- We will also highlight how people can experience body image issues differently, including people of different ages, genders, ethnicities and sexualities.
- We will use our research to continue campaigning for positive change and publish practical tools to help improve the nation’s relationship with their bodies.’
- The good news is that we can tackle body image through what children are taught in schools, by the way we talk about our bodies on a daily basis and through policy change by governments across the UK.’
For more on how you can get involved see : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week