New Acas advice on creating a positive mental health environment at work

A report found social media can have an impact on mental wellbeing

A report found social media can have an impact on mental wellbeing

To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness week, we take a look a closer look at why negative body image is affecting more people from a younger age.

Just over 1 in 8 British adults has experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings due to their body image, a new survey has found.

The survey of 4,505 adults also found that about a third of United Kingdom adults have felt anxious or depressed because of concerns about their body image.

In the podcast, Dr Driscoll went on to discuss idealised images of both the male and female body, as well as our preferences when it comes to facial shape.

"Women, and particularly young women, are showing the highest rates of distress".

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week this week, MHFA and Bauer Media Group urged employers to sign up to a workplace manifesto, which asks organisations to treat mental and physical health equally; implement the six core standards for a mentally healthy workplace as set out in the government's Thriving at Work review; and develop diverse and inclusive workplaces where staff feel comfortable to "bring their whole selves" to work.

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

"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.

"We are bombarded with images every day whether it be in the newspapers or on Instagram, or whatever social media platform it might be". If they only show one body size then this becomes a social norm, which is unsafe. 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.

"We want to invest in creating a respectful and compassionate workplace culture that inspires employees to look after themselves and each other".

Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey MSP will join staff from MHF Scotland at Glasgow Central Station today to encourage rail travellers to #BeBodyKind.

"New codes of practice should include an expectation that social media companies must take practical steps to ensure that the content they promote does not exacerbate body image concerns".

"We recognise the link of unhealthy use of social media and lower mental wellbeing which is why we've committed to publishing advice on healthy social media use and I would see that both these pieces of work would link in together".

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