New manifesto highlights disparity in physical and mental health at work

BODY SHAME More than one in seven Scots felt suicidal over their figure

BODY SHAME More than one in seven Scots felt suicidal over their figure

The opinion poll on body image was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) Scotland to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

It was also clear that body image issues affect people throughout their lives.

YouGov questioned 1,012 Scots aged 18 and above and found that just over a third (34 per cent) had felt anxious about their body image.

Only 14% of 2,000 workers polled said they felt comfortable discussing their mental health worries at work, compared with 42% of workers who felt able to talk about physical conditions. "Many people identified social media as an important factor causing them to worry about their body image, and the majority of respondents felt the Government needed to take more action".

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Mark Rowland said: "Our survey indicates that many people in Northern Ireland are struggling with concerns about their body image".

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.

Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies - also found that just over one in three adults has felt depressed because of their body image, while 20% have felt "shame" because of their body image over the a year ago.

The charity wants the United Kingdom government to take action, by regulating social media and giving more powers to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Dr Driscoll said: "People think body image ideals come from the media because of the way they portray a certain type of shape".

"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". While there have been some positive initiatives, social media companies have frequently been unwilling to take the necessary steps to protect their users from harmful content.

New research from Mental Health First Aid England's Where's Your Head At? manifesto highlights the concerning disparity in physical and mental health at work.

"That is why today we are calling on the UK Government to tackle the promotion of unhealthy or idealised body image images as a specific part of its policy in this area".

Ms Cameron said: "This could be enforced by the proposed new independent regulator, which is already part of the Government proposals".

Children are under more pressure than ever before due to an "always on" culture driven by social media and pressure to act, look and even dress a particular way. Enter your location in the box below to find a counsellor near you.

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