Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 focused on ‘body image’ as its theme. We kick-started the week with a flash mob at Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth to mark the occasion. The current statistic is that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health difficulties at some point in our lives.
Body image is a topic of concern for many people, where it can affect self-esteem and confidence, and in some cases cause extreme distress and anxiety. There is still a huge prevalence of ‘expected’ body image in the media, with phrases like ‘beach body’ focusing on weight loss for women and muscle bulk for men. There is also pressure on people to fit into a male or female image stereotype, when some people don’t identify with either of these set genders or gender roles. We can spend a lot of time worrying about our physical appearance and body shape, but how often do we thank our bodies for all that they do for us?