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May 13 2019
Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May is Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation who is celebrating its 70 anniversary this year.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.
McGinley Support Services is pleased to be supporting the campaign aligned to one of our values inclusion;
“We believe everyone should have the same life chances. We treat all individuals within our workforce, staff and the wider community as equals and strongly pursue the principles of diversity and inclusion, taking positive action where we can to make a difference.
Why body image?
Body image is closely linked with mental health, the more comfortable you are with your own body, the greater your overall wellbeing and with national research being published this week it is clear that body image issues can affect anyone at any time of their life.
As part of our continued commitment to raising awareness of mental health, this week staff at McGinley Support Services will be taking part in a number of internal events such as ‘Tea and Talk’, ‘Walking Wednesday’ and Thoughtful Thursday. To close out the week we are also encouraging staff to participate in a dress down day with a blue theme all in aid of the Mental Health Foundation.
New body image statistics
New online surveys were conducted by the Mental Health Foundation with YouGov in March 2019 of 4,505 UK adults 18+ and 1,118 GB teenagers (aged 13-19). The results highlighted that:
What can we do?
Clearly, action is needed to build and promote positive body image and support good mental health and wellbeing in relation to our bodies. Everyone has a right to feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies and our report highlights key recommendations for:
Tips for individuals
For more details on this year’s Mental Health Awareness Campaign or if you would like to seek support visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/