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With awareness of its prevalence and impact increasing year on year, it is an issue that employers should look to address openly and sensitively. The theme this year is body image and how it impacts the way we think and feel about ourselves.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week this week, MHFA and Bauer Media Group urged employers to sign up to a workplace manifesto, which asks organisations to treat mental and physical health equally; implement the six core standards for a mentally healthy workplace as set out in the government's Thriving at Work review; and develop diverse and inclusive workplaces where staff feel comfortable to "bring their whole selves" to work.

The final part of our campaign will focus on improving dementia care and research, as more than 90,000 people living in Scotland struggle with the illness.

New data about the impact of body image on young people's mental health will be published by MHF during Mental Health Awareness Week.

A Foundation spokesperson said: "With the help ob businesses across the United Kingdom - and even globally - this year we want to reach more people than ever".

Continuing its drive to support members in creating compassionate workplaces, the mia will hold a workshop - Stealth, Wealth and Mental Health - at The Tower Hotel, London on Thursday 20 June.

"Our GASS service, run by our student wellbeing team, also allows students to drop in for advice about any issues they might have, mental health related or otherwise".

'Whilst many employers are claiming to take mental health more seriously, the feedback I'm getting on my travels around the United Kingdom is that many of them are paying it lip service, ' said Natasha Devon MBE, WHYA campaigner and author, 'Our research shows that people still feel the stigma of discussing mental health in the workplace, fearing they will be seen as "unprofessional" if they do disclose a mental health issue.

Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies - also found that just over one in three adults has felt depressed because of their body image, while 20% have felt "shame" because of their body image over the a year ago. It comes on the same day a YMCA survey found nearly two-thirds of young people felt pressure to look their best online and 67% regularly worry about their appearance.

Kellee Torr, head of human resources at the society, said: "We are proud, once again, to support Mental Health Awareness Week as the health and wellbeing of all of our colleagues is of the utmost importance to us". Fundamentally, the research proves that much more needs to be done to make workplaces a safe space to tackle mental ill health.



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