Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place across the UK. The week aims to increase awareness of mental health challenges and promote the message of good mental health for all.

One in four people in the UK are said to be suffering with a mental health condition but struggle to find what they need.

This initiative is run by the Mental Health Foundation and each year they set a theme, this year they are focussing on body image.   Although body image concerns is not a mental health problem on its own, it can be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research suggest that it is associated with poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and disorders. Body image issues can affect all of us at any age.

Promoting positive mental health in you workplace can be hugely beneficial as staff with good mental health are more likely to perform well, have good attendance and be engaging in their work. As an employer it’s important to understand mental health and commit to improving mental health at the workplace, educate your workforce about mental health and for your employees to know where they can go for further support.

Some tips for dealing with mental health issues are as follows:
• Talk about your feelings
• Keep active
• Eat well
• Drink sensibly
• Keep in touch with friends and family
• Ask for help
• Take a break
• Do something you’re good at
• Accept who you are

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If you would like to discuss mental health at the workplace further please contact Helen Straw on 07808 064099 or email: