Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
As a body image specialist working in this field for over 20 years, I am so happy that Mental Health Awareness Week has chosen to focus on body image as the theme this year.
By acknowledging Body Image as a mental health issue, The Mental Health Foundation can help us begin to make way for the conversations and strong connection between our emotional and physical selves - the body and mind. How we feel about how we look has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves overall.
This is such an important week and feels like a real opportunity to share with you the research, the process I use in therapy, the work behind the scenes, and topics I am asked most about when doing corporate or school talks.
I am passionate about and proud to have been doing this work for many years before “Body Image” was even a term and even more proud to be sharing my experience of what I have learned and come to know as “all things body image”.
Over the course of the week, I will be posting some of my content each day in order to inform and raise awareness around Body Image. I will cover topics such as:
-What is body image?
-What influences body image?
-Who is most at risk?
-How to recognize signs in yourself and others
-How to support someone displaying those signs
-The importance of media literacy for a healthy body image.
I hope you will find the daily posts useful and would love your feedback so please leave comments! Stay tuned on my website for blog posts and several exciting projects that I’ve been working on :) link in bio.