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Effect of body image on mental health to be examined

Effect of body image on mental health to be examined”

"Our thorough approach to mental health awareness starts in the classroom, where students receive dedicated wellbeing and healthy lifestyle lessons in tutorial time, including key information about mental health and signposting to support agencies".

Women were more badly affected than men, with 11 per cent of Scots women admitting they had "deliberately hurt themselves" due to their body image.

Body image issues have been shown to affect adult United Kingdom women more than men.

And as the initiative sweeps social media, encouraging people to share their own mental health struggles and stories, Dr Helen Driscoll, Principal Lecturer in Psychology and Evolutionary Psychologist at Sunderland University, discussed how the media's portrayal of body image can impact a person's mental health and wellbeing, as well as the other factors that could be at play.

"Women, and particularly young women, are showing the highest rates of distress".

The survey of 4,505 adults also found that about a third of United Kingdom adults have felt anxious or depressed because of concerns about their body image.

However, the survey also showed that 40% of the senior decision-makers experienced a loss of business as a result of staff continuing to work while experiencing mental health problems. For some people this is potentially very severe, with large numbers of people saying they have self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts and feelings.

"This social harm has been allowed to develop largely unchecked".

"This could be enforced by the new independent regulator, which is already part of the Government proposals in the Online Harms White Paper".

He added: "Being body-conscious is not exclusive to women, yet when a man takes pride in his appearance or has anxieties about his body, this is often met with a joke, sarcasm or a putdown". If they only show one body size then this becomes a social norm, which is unsafe. "We know the importance of engaging and identifying the signs of someone in need of support and how critical this can be".

Barnardo's has also published some "top tips" for parents on how to help their children celebrate who they are and be confident in themselves.

Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey MSP will join staff from MHF Scotland at Glasgow Central Station today to encourage rail travellers to #BeBodyKind. This will be the focus of my visit to Girlguiding Scotland, where I'll outline the aims of our new advisory group.

"New codes of practice should include an expectation that social media companies must take practical steps to ensure that the content they promote does not exacerbate body image concerns. Acas has advice on how to create a positive mental health environment at work".



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