New manifesto highlights disparity in physical and mental health at work

New manifesto highlights disparity in physical and mental health at work

Body image issues have been shown to affect adult United Kingdom women more than men.

The body image initiative is part of a national campaign, organised annually by the Mental Health Foundation - and according to the charity's research, one in five of the 4,505 adults surveyed said they felt shame over their body image.

Over six months it will create a charter pledge on healthy body image as well as attempt to define what body image means.

We are also urging the SNP Government to invest in better mental health care as new figures show that three in 10 young people are being forced to wait too long for treatment. Survey data show 10% of women saying they have self-harmed or have deliberately hurt themselves due to their body image, compared to 4% of men.

The charity commissioned the survey of 4,505 United Kingdom adults to mark the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, which has a theme this year of body image.

Today in Holyrood, when asked by Scottish Conservative Jamie Green about the survey, Ms Haughey said that the government was taking the report "extremely seriously" and that body image was "increasingly recognised as a factor than can affect people's self esteem".

"For some this is potentially very severe, with people saying they have self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts and feelings".

"This social harm has been allowed to develop largely unchecked".

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Now, in new research released ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (13th -19th May), we've found that employees are less likely to talk about their mental health than their physical health at work.

"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 risky. Some local variation is to be expected but the scale of the difference is huge and we know that the need outstrips resource even in the areas that are performing well.

One in eight adults said they felt suicidal because they were so unhappy about how they looked.

"This is a great chance for our members to share how negative body image is impacting the mental health of girls and young women in Scotland, and how the new advisory group will work to help improve support for young people".

The school has thirteen staff trained in mental health first aid, in addition to a Guidance and Advice Support Service (GASS) providing students with non-referral access to a student welfare officer.

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