13TH MAY 2019
Hi lovely people.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the focus for the campaign is Body Image.
For those of you that know me, mental health is an important subject for me that is close to my heart, having suffered from anxiety and depression since I was a teenager.
‘Body image’ is a term that can be used to describe how we think and feel about our bodies. Our thoughts and feelings about our bodies can impact us throughout our lives, affecting, more generally, the way we feel about ourselves and our mental health and wellbeing. ( quote from mentalhelath.org.uk)
Having body image issues is relatively common and is not a mental health problem per-se but, it is known to be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research has shown that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.
As this is a complex subject, I’m going to stop writing right here and encourage you to go to the MentalHealth.org.uk website to find out more and see how you can help or get involved in raising awareness.
You can also listen to my interviews about my struggles with anxiety and depression, and what my coping mechanisms are on Jamie Day’s MAN TALK podcast from 2018 or Scott Laidler’s HEALTHY MATTERS podcast from 2019.
Thank you for reading and please go take a look at the Mental Health Foundation website!!!