Published by Debbie Ballantine on Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:33

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will  take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May. The theme for 2019 is Body Image - how we think and feel about our bodies.

We are all intimately aware of the particular idiosyncrasies of our own body; its strengths and wonders and its limitations.  No piece of technology that you will ever buy will match the complexity, sophistication and regenerative powers of your body.  

And yet… For too many of us, our bodies are sources of shame and distress.  From an early age, we are bombarded with images that define what an ‘ideal body’ looks like (men and women). All this might not be so serious if it didn’t have profound implications for our mental and physical health. So, during Mental Health Awareness Week, focus is being given that the distress related to poor body image and the related mental health problems can be prevented. We will explore the changes needed in our cultural values, parenting styles, schooling approaches, use of technology, advertising standards and reducing discrimination that will make a real difference.  

So look out for details during Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

  

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