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19 May

Being Body Aware

During the week of Monday 13th – Sunday 19th May 2019, the Mental Health Foundation (Click here to visit their website) are running Mental Health Awareness Week, which this year is all about Body Image.

Everybody has mental health, whatever form it takes within them…

…But, mental health problems are probably more common than you may think. 1 in 6 adults experience a mental health problem associated with anxiety or depression weekly (McManus, Bebbington, Jenkins & Brugha, 2016)

They can affect anyone, at any time which is why raising awareness is so, SO crucial…

In 2019 the Mental Health Foundation has decided to focus on ‘Body Image’ to spark conversations and reduce stigma related to this topic!

Body image is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as The subjective picture or mental image of one’s own body.

Research has found that almost 1 in 3 of us are stressed by our body image and this has led to feelings of being overwhelmed and unable to cope (Mental Health Foundation, 2018)!

We are encouraging everyone, to think about those things they love about their body and self to allow them to live happy and healthy lives, by saying “My body and mind are stronger, TOGETHER”…

Check out what our project workers and attendees think about their body image…

“We shouldn’t be thinking about what’s wrong with the way we look, but what is RIGHT” – Mick, Yorkie and YCF Volunteer

“Simplicity and modesty” – Sehar, Bradford College Cricket Project Participant

“To me, body image doesn’t matter as long as you’re comfortable in your own skin” – Josh, Yorkshire Cricket College Student

“I believe in enhancing who we are rather than trying to manipulate or change ourselves too much. Just take care of your body and it will take care of you!” – Kayleigh, #RoseRunners Participant and YCCC Employee.

“My mental health suffered after a prostate cancer diagnosis, but support from friends, family & the YCF meant I overcame my mental and physical ill-health. Body and mind, I am in a better place.” – Mel, YCF Tour Guide

“Surround yourself with positivity and embrace your body, you only get one” – Lauren, YCF Coach and Projects Assistant

“My body and mind are stronger, together”

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