New Acas advice on creating a positive mental health environment at work

Henrietta Brewer
May 15, 2019

Led by Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and working with Heads Together, the mental health campaign spearheaded by the duke's Royal Foundation, the broadcast highlighted an important message as the week-long awareness initiative for mental health began.

"Body image issues can affect anyone and at any stage in life".

Eight per cent of adults in Northern Ireland have deliberately hurt themselves because of concerns about their body image, according to the survey.

He added: "Being body-conscious is not exclusive to women, yet when a man takes pride in his appearance or has anxieties about his body, this is often met with a joke, sarcasm or a putdown".

The survey found that body image issues affected more women than men.


They also found approximately a quarter of those surveyed have felt "disgust" or "shame" at their body image in the past year.

She said: "This will build on our package of measures to improve the mental health of young people, and directly target the impact of social media and body image on mental wellbeing".

"Our survey indicates that millions of adults in the United Kingdom are struggling with concerns about their body image".

William called on the nation to really stop and listen to a person in need, in the minute-long message broadcast at 10.59am across hundreds of United Kingdom radio stations to mark the start of mental health awareness week. Our research suggests that a worrying proportion of men have felt anxious or depressed about their bodies. One in five of all United Kingdom adults and 46% of 18-24-year-olds said images on social media had caused them to worry about their body image.

The charity wants the United Kingdom government to take action, by regulating social media and giving more powers to the Advertising Standards Authority. Nadya Kuhl, occupational health manager, said: "The introduction of mental health first aiders will enhance what we can deliver for our own people and customers".


"That is why today we are calling on the UK Government to tackle the promotion of unhealthy or idealised body image images as a specific part of its policy in this area".

"New codes of practice should include an expectation that social media companies must take practical steps to ensure that the content they promote does not exacerbate body image concerns", Ms Cameron said.

Read the full report: Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies.

"At Rastrick, we have worked hard to protect and grow our income through thorough budgeting, excellent academic results which creates rising pupil numbers, tough decision making and no lack of entrepreneurial skill, meaning that we have a budget that allows us to continue to offer outstanding mental health support to our students".


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