Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 | News and Events

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

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We are proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This years theme is body image; how we think and feel about our bodies.

Having body image concerns is a relatively common experience and is not a mental health problem in and of itself; however, it can be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.

Higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.

Conversely, body satisfaction and appreciation has been linked to better overall wellbeing and fewer unhealthy dieting behaviours. Though feeling unsatisfied with our bodies and appearance is often more common among young women, body image concerns are relevant from childhood through to later life and affect both women and men.  

Body satisfaction and appreciation has been linked to better overall wellbeing and fewer unhealthy dieting behaviours.

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We have had lots of activity already happening across the Trust. Check out the gallery below!

See more on our social media @GMMH_NHS on Twitter and @GMMentalHealth on Facebook.

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Resources


"You're more than a reflection"

A powerful spoken word poem performed by Priscila Hernandez for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

The Mental Health Foundation latest body image research report is available here.
 

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More resources available here.

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