New manifesto highlights disparity in physical and mental health at work

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 14, 2019

Nainika Dinesh, the college's Graduate Common Room president, commented that "The main driving force of the week for us was to just be able to have conversations about mental health and create a space where people can come together and talk".

A third of adults have felt anxious over their body image, researchers say.

Josh Krichefski, CEO at MediaCom UK, said of Mental Health First Aid England's report: "The manifesto from Mental Health First Aid England shows us that numerous UK workforce are suffering without a wellbeing support network".

Haughey said: "From our recently published research, we know that body image is a concern for children and young people".

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

The announcement was made to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, which is organised by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), and this year focuses on the theme of body image.

The campaign urges people to sign up to its Body Image Pledge which includes limiting or stopping editing their social media posts.

Just over 1 in 8 British adults has experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings due to their body image, a new survey has found.

"For some this is potentially very severe, with people saying they have self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts and feelings".

This is a cause for concern and it's clear that active steps need to be taken to support the wellbeing of all staff.

The survey asked people about their experiences with social media and advertising.

"This could be enforced by the new independent regulator, which is already part of the Government proposals in the Online Harms White Paper".

Paul Browett, 35, of Glasgow, said social media, TV and celebrities had helped to fuel his insecurities. If they only show one body size then this becomes a social norm, which is unsafe.

While remaining in his day job based in Trowse, Darren has trained as a registered Mental Health instructor and is a keen advocate of the company's newly launched "Working Well" programme which will see around 100 "Mental Health First Aiders" trained this year to support its staff.

"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".

MHFA England chief executive Simon Blake OBE said: "Despite the increased awareness around mental health in the workplace, employees are telling us that there is still a significant gap in how we think and act about physical and mental health at work".

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