Group to examine impact of body image on young people’s mental health

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William called on the nation to really stop and listen to a person in need, in the minute-long message broadcast at 10.59am across hundreds of United Kingdom radio stations to mark the start of mental health awareness week.

The Mental Health Foundation survey also found about one in five adults felt "disgusted" or "shame" due to their body image in the previous year. And it shows in how those who do suffer with these common conditions feel at work, with only 14% thinking they can talk about them.

A quarter had felt "disgusted" and nearly a quarter (24 per cent) had felt "shame" in the previous year, and 16 per cent experienced suicidal thoughts and feelings.

But large numbers of men are suffering, as are tens of thousands of older people, with more than a quarter (27 per cent) of those 55 and over reporting a negative impact on self-esteem.

Almost six in 10 adults think the UK Government should do more to protect the public from the presentation or use of unhealthy body images in advertising and social media. The NewFilters to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and well-being report released by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) highlighted key findings around how damaging social media can be for young people.

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

Ms Haughey will visit Girlguiding Scotland on Tuesday to find out how body image issues affect them.

"This could be enforced by the proposed new independent regulator, which is already part of the government proposals".

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Paul Browett, 35, of Glasgow, said social media, TV and celebrities had helped to fuel his insecurities. The survey also found less than a fifth of young people said that looking at social media "positively affected" how confident they felt about the way they look.

In February this year, the NHS called for a social media ban on "dubious" health products endorsed by social media stars, calling the endorsements "irresponsible and unsafe".

She said: "The impact social media can have on a person is extreme". "There needs to be more awareness that mental illness is not something anybody chooses, it isn't something that they should be looked down on or criticized for".

"The year, we want to get the nation talking about body image and mental health".

A third of adults have felt anxious over their body image, researchers say.

Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the mia, said: "Since launching our campaign in 2017, we have seen many businesses and organisations improve their support of employees' mental health and wellbeing to create more compassionate workplaces".

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.

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