Dark and Bizzare Delights Await You At Bedwas WMC

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That moment when you really need someone – But they’re in Heaven

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Body Confidence Campaign 2014

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

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Does social media play it’s part in moulding attitudes to the way we look?

Magazines and television are often blamed for portraying an ideal body image that causes people to question their looks and lose confidence in themselves. But what about the role social media plays in moulding attitudes to the way we look?

We are bombarded by media images on a daily basis, but whether we allow them to slither into our minds or not is completely in our control. I love the photograph below and I feel like it captures the turmoil that goes on in so many of our inner thoughts and struggles for self-identity. The loud voices of media can feel so overwhelming that often it is difficult to know where to turn.

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This trecherous impact of media marketing is not limited to women. Men are under as much social pressure to be perfect as women. many expect men to have six-pack abs, great shoulders and biceps, and fitness-model body fat percentages, and it just isn’t realistic.

It’s up to you to choose the influences you want to impact your mind, and ultimately your body-image. If watching MTV makes you not like yourself naked in the mirror, then stop watching MTV. If we don’t stop comparing ourselves to the photoshopped and modified images, we will never be happy.

The desperate cry for body confidence and self-esteem is so prevalant in our country that we are almost immune to its ringing that is surrounding us. It is up to us to start the revolution, and the first changes start with yourself. Strive to live a healthy lifestyle, be thankful for a healthy body, and aspire to be the best version of you that you can be.

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Your Cherished By More people Than You Might Imagine

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Today Is World Mental Health Day

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

Raise awareness of schizophrenia and support mental health by holding a Tea & Talk, our very World Mental Health Day fundraising activity.

Read the World Federation for Mental Health’s Living with Schizophrenia report or find more about our own policy on schizophrenia and what we want to change
Learn more about schizophrenia and find out about delusionsparanoiahearing voicespsychosis and hallucinations or download our special World Mental Health Day publication – Schizophrenia: The Facts.
Read some stories about life with schizophrenia from Barry, Natalie, Albert and David.
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Charity Bone Shaker 2015 Marrowthon

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