It’s Mental Health Awareness Week with this years’ focus being body image.
According to The Mental Health Foundation, last year they 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 images issues can affect anyone at any age and can directly impact our mental health.
There is still a lack of understanding and research around the affects body image has on our mental health, so the aim for this years’ awareness week is to highlight how people can experience body image issues differently, including people of different ages, genders, sexualities and ethnicities and what support available.
If you are struggling with body image or appearance, or any other mental health issues, you can find support information at:
If you have been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life, book an appointment to see your GP.
If you need urgent mental health help now and want to talk to someone right away, call The Samaritans helpline which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, just call 116 123 for free.