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The mia encourages workplace wellbeing in Mental Health Awareness Week

The mia encourages workplace wellbeing in Mental Health Awareness Week The mia encourages workplace wellbeing in Mental Health Awareness Week
Gustavo Carr | 17 May, 2019, 16:33

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".

YouGov surveyed 4,505 people aged 18-plus in the United Kingdom, including 104 here.

It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and business insurance specialist QBE has released the findings of its survey aimed at highlighting the impact of mental health support - or the lack of it - in the workplace.

Proposals would force companies to make sure content does not "exacerbate body image concerns". "Conversations with their friends also have a major role in causing young people to worry".

Mental health minister Clare Haughey said: "From our recently published research, we know that body image is a concern for children and young people".

YouGov questioned 1,012 Scots aged 18 and above and found that just over a third (34 per cent) had felt anxious about their body image.

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"We have a very large population of people that are looking for mental health services", Carole Flinn from the Oneida County Department of Mental Health said. In addition to 40% of teens aged 13 to 19 worrying about their body image due to social media, nearly half of 18 to 25s said images on social media have caused them to worry about their own body image.

Only around a tenth of staff would feel comfortable having a conversation about serious mental health conditions such as psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or self-harm, versus almost 40% who felt able to talk about cancer.

Since that first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, the MHF has raised awareness of topics such as stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship.

Glasgow University student Kelly Macarthur has spent years with an eating disorder and now unfollows anyone who tries to sell diet products on social media. 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.

"This includes £90,000 of funding to produce advice on the healthy use of social media and screen time, and a review of evidence on the effects of screen use on sleep and the implications of this for mental health".

The Department of Mental Health says taking action and raising awareness of mental health conditions can help break down the stereotypes surrounding mental illness.