Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
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William launches mental health awareness week

William launches mental health awareness week

The announcement comes ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week - organised by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) - which this year focuses on body image. Nadya Kuhl, occupational health manager, said: "The introduction of mental health first aiders will enhance what we can deliver for our own people and customers".

Chief executive Mark Rowland said the research showed millions of adults were struggling with concerns about their body image. 20% of men and women surveyed aged 55 and above also said they have felt anxious due to their body image.

Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey will visit Girlguiding Scotland on Tuesday (14 May) to find out how body image issues affect them, and will also announce the remit of the new advisory group. For some people this is potentially very severe, with large numbers of people saying they have self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Just over 22% of all UK adults and nearly half of 18-24 year olds said images on social media had caused them to worry about their body image and the majority of adults surveyed think the UK Government needs to do more to protect the public from the presentation or use of unhealthy body images in advertising and social media.

"This could be enforced by the new independent regulator, which is already part of the Government proposals contained in the Online Harms White Paper".

Paul Browett, 35, of Glasgow, said social media, TV and celebrities had helped to fuel his insecurities.


Glasgow University student Kelly Macarthur has spent years with an eating disorder and now unfollows anyone who tries to sell diet products on social media. If they only show one body size then this becomes a social norm, which is unsafe. "We know the importance of engaging and identifying the signs of someone in need of support and how critical this can be".

Indeed, Griffin highlighted the difference between generations and how advisers should be away of the types of clients they are working with in order to create the most appropriate conversation.

The Mental Health Minute sees hundreds of United Kingdom radio stations broadcast a minute-long message at 10.59am today.

She said: "This will build on our package of measures to improve the mental health of young people, and directly target the impact of social media and body image on mental wellbeing".

Meanwhile a separate QBE survey featuring the workforce side found that not taking time off to recover from a mental health problem had taken a toll on productivity, according to 94% of the 1,300 employees polled.

It will include members from youth, third sector and equalities groups.

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