Mental Health Awareness Week is back and battling Body Image concerns after a study showed that many adults feel depressed and even suicidal through anxiety.

The study, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, showed that one in three  adults feel anxious about their body, and one in eight have suicidal thoughts.

Victoria Burrows is the CEO of  the charity,Improve Lives Nottingham.  She believes that the rise in social media accounts such as Instagram and Facebook have not only escalated the problem, but are introducing children to the issue at a much younger age.

“I seriously worry for the younger generation. They have so much more access to mentally damaging material and they are completely oblivious to it” said Victoria.

Paige is a Media Communications student at Nottingham Trent University.  She has suffered with anxiety and depression for most of her adult life.  The 22 year old recently handed in her final year dissertation,  but said it was difficult to balance her university work and her mental health.  She said;  ” It’s all about moderation, they say, but that’s a lot easier said than done”.

Paige believes that being outdoors helps her mental health

 

She feels that despite frequently comparing her own body to that of ‘Instagram models’, she is addicted to the app.  At her worst, she compared herself to a sad little earthworm.

 

“I felt like i was just this depressed little worm that no one wanted to be around”
Paige, Student

Victoria Burrow explains that more money must be given to the NHS, as recent cuts to mental health services, have seen more patients feeling let down by the government.

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, Improving Lives are holding an event from the 13th-17th May, where they will give advice on free activities to do that can benefit your mental health.

  • In the UK, women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety than men
  • Men account for three quarters of suicides in the UK
  • In 2018, there were more than 10 million cases of anxiety in England