Effect of body image on mental health to be examined

Mental health first aid lift for ScotRail staff

Tomorrow, she will be at the headquarters of Girlguiding Scotland to launch an advisory group on body image.

"Our survey has shown that millions of young people in Britain are worrying about their body image".

'Whilst many employers are claiming to take mental health more seriously, the feedback I'm getting on my travels around the United Kingdom is that many of them are paying it lip service, ' said Natasha Devon MBE, WHYA campaigner and author, 'Our research shows that people still feel the stigma of discussing mental health in the workplace, fearing they will be seen as "unprofessional" if they do disclose a mental health issue.

This comes as part of ongoing work by Central England to tackle the issue of mental health as part of a long-term commitment aimed at raising awareness about mental health problems.

'That's why, one year on from when we called for a law change to make mental health first aid mandatory in the workplace, ' she continued, 'we have expanded the range of recommended actions employers can take.

The survey found that body image issues affected more women than men.

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The advice includes suggestions such as employers leading on a wellbeing strategy at work; supporting and training managers to have the confidence and knowledge in managing mental health; and workers identifying personal stress triggers, supporting colleagues and asking for help when needed.

Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies - also found that just over one in three adults has felt depressed because of their body image, while 20% have felt "shame" because of their body image over the a year ago.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Mark Rowland said: "Our survey indicates that many people in Northern Ireland are struggling with concerns about their body image". It doesn't take much digging on the popular app to find influencer promotions for detox teas, diet pills, appetite suppressing lollies, and similar products. Results showed a negative impact on young people's self-esteem and body image in relation to social media. The NewFilters to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and well-being report released by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) highlighted key findings around how damaging social media can be for young people.

"If left unregulated, advertising will continue to present unattainable idealised bodies as aspirational". Lendlease transformed their organisational culture around mental health, creating a positive and safe environment for conversation and support.

The charity is now lobbying for peer-led mental health programmes to be introduced in schools.

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