It's Mental Health Awareness Week! | #BeBodyKind
Mental Health Week 2019 | 13 - 19 May
This years theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Body Image', looking into how the way we feel and think about our bodies can affect our mental health throughout life.
And although we know girls and young women are particularly vulnerable to poor body image, this year particularly focuses on how this cuts across gender, age, sexuality and ethnicity.
Having a positive self-image is powerful, because when we feel good about ourselves, we feel happier and more confident, which manifests into making more positive life choices.
A study by the Mental Health Foundation in 2018 found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
That's almost 1 in every 3 people!
The aim of this week is to ignite a national conversation about how we can be kinder to our bodies, as a guard against outside influences that can cause so much dissatisfaction with how we look and feel.
Across Mental Health Awareness Week, we'll be highlighting some unique organisations and individuals championing positive body image and mental wellbeing.
You'll also get a look into the work Healthwatch Southwark has been doing around mental health, and thoughts of existing programmes from Southwark residents themselves.
Use this week to #BeBodyKind, and find out how you can start you can get more involved in the week, here.