Third of Northern Ireland adults in despair over body image

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Tomorrow, she will be at the headquarters of Girlguiding Scotland to launch an advisory group on body image.

"Our survey has shown that millions of young people in Britain are worrying about their body image".

Earlier this week, the Mental Health Foundation released a report that revealed one in eight United Kingdom adults have experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings due to concerns about their body image.

Responding to the figures, Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said: "With mental health problems so common among employees, it's important that every workplace - no matter the size - makes staff wellbeing a priority".

Worryingly, more than a third (35%) said they have stopped eating or restricted their diets as a result of their worry about their body image.

The announcement was made to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, which is organised by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), and this year focuses on the theme of body image.

"The majority of workers have felt stressed or anxious about work over the past year."

For the younger generation, Griffin said concerns consisted of paying school fees, mortgages and saving for retirement, and advisers should work to help their clients create a financial plan that was suitable to their needs and, as such, should help improve their mental health.

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Studies have been widely contradictory in their findings around social media and poor mental health in recent years, with a number claiming social media isn't linked to poor mental health. It doesn't take much digging on the popular app to find influencer promotions for detox teas, diet pills, appetite suppressing lollies, and similar products.

The foundation calls on the Government and relevant industries to take action, including regulation of social media and more powers for the Advertising Standards Authority.

New data about the impact of body image on young people's mental health will be published by MHF later this week. "Social media companies should urgently up their game in taking practical steps to ensure that the content they promote does not exacerbate body image concerns".

Julie Cameron, Head of Programmes at MHF Scotland welcomed the new National Advisory Group on Healthy Body.

"This includes £90,000 of funding to produce advice on the healthy use of social media and screen time, and a review of evidence on the effects of screen use on sleep and the implications of this for mental health".

"If left unregulated, advertising will continue to present unattainable idealised bodies as aspirational". We spend a third of our lives at work and we can't leave our mental health at the door - it's essential businesses get this right'.

The society showed its long-term commitment to raising awareness about mental health problems by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge in 2017.

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