A question, How do you, feel when you look in the mirror?
Is the answer positive? Negative or have you just not thought about it? There are no correct answers but there is growing evidence that people are suffering some form of mental illness as a result of how they think they look.
This year's focus for Mental Health Awareness Week is Body Image: how we think and feel about our bodies.
The organisers of Mental Health Awareness Week are the Mental Health Foundation. They want to do more than raise awareness. They want to create a plan of action to bring about change around mental health and body image.
Our role at Trafford Housing Trust
THT are here to support you, our customers, in all aspects of your life. We have a specially dedicated web page for help if you are experiencing mental health issues. This can be found here. But below are links to extra organisations that offer support to those experiencing mental illness.
So to answer the question, How do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Over a third of people don't feel very good when they look in the mirror. Body image is something we all think about. Some may think about it more than other, some may give it just a fleeting thought. The Mental Health Foundation and YouGov asked the same question to over four thousand adults. The results paint a negative picture that we have around our body image.
The Mental Health Foundation is taking action to promote positive body image and support good mental health and wellbeing
They have identified three key areas, where regulation, policy and practice needs acting upon.
1. Regulatory action
A range of policies from the government is needed to protect the public from unhealthy body images in advertising and social media.
2. Industry action
Joined up action across all industries (housing included) to promote body positivity and not use negative images in advertising and on social media.
3. Healthcare and public health action
Training for all frontline practitioners such as GPs and healthcare workers, but any person that interacts with clients or customers.
If your body image is affecting your mental health, there are a few places that you can contact for support in the Trafford Area.
Trafford Psychological Therapies are available to those who are registered with a GP in the Trafford area. You can apply through your GP, another health care professional or online and refer yourself to the service. They offer talking based therapies if you are suffering from anxiety or depression.
If you are living in Trafford and experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis late at night. You can go to the Sanctuary between 6 pm, and 1 am to deal with whatever you have to deal with. It doesn't provide accommodation, just non-clinical support in a non-stigmatising manner.
A team of staff and volunteers offer support to individuals who are experiencing emotional or psychological distress, isolation &/or loneliness. Bluesci can be found in four wellbeing centres in Coppice, Old Trafford, Broomwood and Partington.
Check out all the services through the links provided. But as always if you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please seek medical help.
Don't forget to have a look at the advice on our website and be #BeBodyKind to yourself.
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