During Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, the Mental Health Foundation has been looking at body image issues across a lifetime – including how it affects children and young people, adults and people in later life.

The organisation is using its research to continue campaigning for positive change, and publish tools to help improve our relationship with our bodies.

During this last week, supporters were encouraged to host events to discuss and explore the topic of mental well-being.

Hundreds of events were taking place across the UK during the week.

The Mental Health Foundation encouraged all to share their activities during the week on social media using the hashtag #BeBodyKind.

The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness.

How many people have mental health problems in the UK?

Mental health problems are a growing public health concern.

According to Mind, about one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

In England, one in six report experiencing a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression in any given week.

Mind says that while the overall number of people with such problems hasn’t changed significantly, “worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope”.

Reports from both England and Wales suggest that about one in eight adults with a mental health problem are currently receiving treatment.

Medication is reported as the most common type of treatment.

What to do if you feel you need help?

The Mental Health Foundation advises that you should go and see your GP if you have experienced the following:

  • You’ve been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks
  • Your anxiety is affecting your daily life

If you want to talk to someone immediately, the NHS mental health helpline page includes organisations you can call for help, such as Anxiety UK and Bipolar UK.

The Samaritans helpline is on hand 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, for people who need to talk to someone in confidence.

You can call 116 123 free today to access the helpline.

If you’ve had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, you should contact someone you can trust immediately, whether that is a GP, or a friend or relative.

Mind points out that it can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone with a mental health problem.

It provides online information aimed at helping friends, family, carers and others to give support – and take care of themselves too.

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Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019 on the topic of body image – how we feel and think about our bodies.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what they do, they aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. The Mental Health Foundation believe that mental health is everyone’s business.

So for one week each May, the Mental Health Foundation campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Since their first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, they’ve raised awareness of topics like stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship.

Hundreds of schools, businesses and communities have come together to start conversations around mental health that can change and even save lives.

This year, with your support, the Mental Health Foundation want to reach more people than ever.

13-19 May 2019: Body image – how we feel and think about our bodies

Last year the Mental Health Foundation 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:

  • The Mental Health Foundation will be publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health.
  • They will look at body image issues across a lifetime – including how it affects children and young people, adults and people in later life.
  • They will also highlight how people can experience body image issues differently, including people of different ages, genders, ethnicities and sexualities.
  • They will use their 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.

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – and what better time to show your support for better mental health.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year. This week is a great time to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague and have a think about your own wellbeing too. You could even join one of the many campaigns to help make sure no one experiences a mental health issue.

The Charity “Mind” says that in many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. “Mind goes onto say that good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. But if you go through a period of poor mental health you might find the ways you’re frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become difficult, or even impossible, to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness, or even worse.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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