Mental Awareness: #Bebodykind

 

The Mental Health Foundation in the United Kingdom launched last May a campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week, with the specific theme: of Body Image.

Therefore, from 13th to 19th May, the conversation was all about how we feel and think about our bodies.

According to last year’s research, 30% of adults were so stressed about their appearance and self-image that they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope. That represents one in every three people.

Body image problems can occur at any age and they are linked directly to our mental health. It’s important to acknowledge and understand. This fact.

It’s necessary to move forward with research and publish these results, look at body image issues across a lifetime (in young people, adults, and people in later life). People can go through body image issues regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and sexuality.

It’s now more important than ever to connect with people struggling with these issues and let them know they are not alone, involving communities in a narrative of wellbeing and supportive relationships.

Positive change is needed as well as practical tools to help people improve the relationship with their bodies, in order to change and possibly save lives. The way we talk about our bodies in a daily basis matters as well as government policies.

As the Mental Health Foundation in the UK says: “Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business”.

Paula Gouveia