14 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
Evidence shows that popular culture places burdens on people’s wellbeing and self esteem, often resulting in low confidence and self-consciousness. This can contribute to lowered aspirations and psychological wellbeing and heightened vulnerability to risky behaviours.
Boys and men are affected as well as girls and women, but there is a particularly marked impact on women’s choices and life chances.
Many ganisations across government and industry work to address the causes of low levels of body confidence in our society by:
Raising awareness of body image and raising debate
Working with industry (media, retail, advertising, fitness, fashion and beauty) to represent and celebrate a wider range of sizes, shapes and Ethnicity in images of men, women and children
Encouraging girls’ aspirations and confidence in their full value and social contribution
For more Information
- All Party Parliamentary Group on body image
- Media Smart: media literacy teaching pack on body image
- Bailey review: letting children be children
- TNS Omnibus survey: Bailey review data
- Girlguiding UK: girls attitudes 2011
- YMCA research: attitudes to body image in the UK
- HBSC research: international survey on health behaviours in school-aged children
- Credos: pretty as a picture – airbrushing in advertising
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10 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
This year’s World Mental Health Day – which takes place on 10 October – shines a light on schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a diagnosis given to some people who have severely disrupted beliefs and experiences.
During an episode of schizophrenia, a person’s understanding and interpretation of the outside world is disrupted – they may:
lose touch with reality
see or hear things that are not there
hold irrational or unfounded beliefs
appear to act strangely because they are responding to these delusions and hallucinations.
An episode of schizophrenia can last for several weeks and can be very frightening. About one in 100 people will have one episode of schizophrenia, and two thirds of these will go on to have further episodes. Schizophrenia usually starts in the late teens or early 20s, but can also affect older people for the first time.
The causes are unknown but episodes of schizophrenia appear to be associated with changes in some brain chemicals. Stressful experiences and some recreational drugs can also trigger an episode in vulnerable people.
At least 26 million people are living with schizophrenia worldwide according to the World Health Organization, and many more are indirectly affected by it.
How can you make the most of World Mental Health Day?
Raise awareness of schizophrenia and support mental health by holding a Tea & Talk, our very World Mental Health Day fundraising activity.