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It's Mental Health Awareness Week!

14 May 2019

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As part of my development I undertook a 2-day Mental Health First Aid course in December 2018 under the organisation MHFA (Mental Health First Aid).

One in four people in the UK are said to be living with a mental health condition; many of us are regularly experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems, but struggle to find the help they need. Mental health does not discriminate, it affects everyone and anyone.

As it’s Mental Health Awareness Week, I'd like to share with you what this is and this year’s focus.

Mental Health Awareness Week is a campaign to improve understanding around mental health conditions affecting millions of people in the UK today. It creates awareness around the different  types of mental health conditions we experience, and helps to break down the stigma around talking about and diagnosing mental health issues.

This year we are focusing on body image, and the impact our relationship with our body can have on our mental health. From bullying to social media and advertising, modern life is full of imagery and language which can impact on our perception of self and feelings of worth.

Here are some body image tips for you:

  • If your body image is a significant cause of stress, consider talking to trusted friends or family, or a health professional.
  • Consider muting or unfollowing social media accounts that cause you to feel negatively about your body or appearance or encourage you to compare yourself unfavourably to others. Be considerate of the impact of your own posts on other people.
  • Our language is important. In our daily lives, we can all be more aware of the ways in which we speak about our own and other people’s bodies in casual conversations with friends and family.
  • Find the best way that works for you to stay active.

If you are having issues with a mental health condition at work or at home, please contact a friend, healthcare professional or a family member. Talking about how you are feeling is a great positive step towards looking after your own mental health. 

For more information on any of the above please see the website www.mhfaengland.org.uk

Kieran Dunn, Leadership Administrator

Pictured above far left with colleagues on the Mental Health First Aid course, December 2018