Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness week in the UK.
The purpose of the initiative is to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your mental health alongside your physical health, and highlight the value of listening to a friend in need and the positive role it can play in our mental health.
This year the focus is on Body Image, after a survey revealed that 1 in 5 adults had felt shame about their body image in the last year. Among teenagers 31% said they felt ashamed in relation to their body image. One in five adults also said that images on social media had caused them to worry about their body image.
To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the organisation has teamed up with Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and the Royal Foundation to broadcast a message across hundreds of radio stations for the Mental Health Minute on Monday morning at 10:59am.
The message features Katy Perry, The Duke of Cambridge, Stephen Fry, Jameela Jamil and Alesha Dixon talking about the importance of talking about your mental health, how listening cannot be underestimated, and how each and every one of us has the power to make a difference.
The message comes days after the launch of the Heads Together legacy project, Shout, a free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis.
The Mental Health organisation lists various tips for people to improve their relationship with their bodies, including: speaking to a friend or health professional, being mindful of who you are following on social media, staying active, and being more aware of how we speak about our own and other people’s bodies.
You can also find tips on how to #AddressYourStress here.
If you or someone you know is in distress or despair, contact the Samaritans free on 116 123.
Or text Shout to 85258.