Mental Health Awareness Week

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The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May) is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies and the impact this can have on our mental health.

The awareness week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, who want to start people talking about how we can be kinder to our bodies. They want to guard against the various individual, family and cultural influencers that can lead to dissatisfaction with our bodies.

Last year, they reported 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 one in every three people. We all have a role to create a culture where we help others feel comfortable in their own skin.

Positive body images

In support of this campaign, West Leicestershire CCG are urging people to pause for thought and be body kind to yourselves and others.

A positive body image supports physical and mental health, whereas a negative body image can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. It can also affect healthy eating practices and increase the risk of developing eating disorders.

This awareness week encourages us to take stock of how we’re feeling inside and to talk to someone to get the support we need. There are lots of free resources and tools available to help. It’s important to make an appointment with your GP if you feel depressed.

For support and more information

Mental Health Foundation

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and the resources available.

Mentally Healthy Schools

Resource for children about body image.

The Stay Alive app

Suicide prevention resource packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Public Health and NHS England also have an e-learning course on suicide available.

The Samaritans

The Samaritans offer support 24/7 every single day of the year. Whatever you’re going through, you can call 116 123 for free at any time, from any phone.