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Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 which has a focus on body image.

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 which has a focus on body image.

Statistics by the charity the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), show that poor body self-image can affect all ages, not just younger people, and the reactions it can trigger range from anxiety and self-disgust to suicidal thoughts.

The figures, revealed to coincide with the body image theme of national Mental Health Awareness Week, follow a YouGov poll of 4,505 UK adults. It found that 57% of 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed admit to having felt anxious because of their body image, compared with 30% of 45- to 54-year-olds and 20% of over 55s.

Some 10% of women have deliberately hurt themselves because of their body image compared with 4% of men. At the same time, 13% of adults admit to having experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of their body image.

And, although the sample of people from the LGBT+ community was small, 39% of those who experienced these thoughts identified as bisexual, and 23% identified as gay or lesbian.

 Photograph: Alexia Harrison, a counsellor and psychotherapist, hospitalised for anorexia as an adolescent. 

Full article – Guardian Society

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