Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – Body Image


This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is taking place from the 13th-19th of May and the theme is Body Image.

Mental Health awareness week has taken place every year in the UK since 2001, and it is a great opportunity to raise awareness and highlight mental health issues.

This year’s them is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

Over 50% of young girls and 25% of young boys would say that their peers have body image concerns or worries.

Recently we developed the My Body My Way toolkit – aimed at tackling negative body image for 9-11 year olds.

They include a comprehensive workshop plan for facilitators, children’s workbook and parent’s guide and fit the Curriculum for Excellence and GIRFEC approach to wellbeing.

The resources are free and available from the I.ROC website

Penumbra’s CEO Nigel Henderson said, We are bombarded from an early age with images of the ‘so called’ perfect body in the media and social media. Often these images have been edited or airbrushed and therefore do not represent reality. It is so important that children feel confident about themselves and their bodies. We are all unique which is what makes the world a fascinating place.

There will also be many key messages coming from the Mental Health Foundation this week as they head up the #BeBodyKind campaign. MHF are encouraging people to share an image of when they felt comfortable in their own skin. Find out more by visiting MHF or following #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek on social media.

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