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Brighton Journal | 22nd February 2020

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#BeBodyKind – It’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Hannah Midgley

Mental Health awareness week starts today, Monday the 13th of May. The theme this year is body image, which is about how we think and feel about our bodies. The week aims to recognise the fact that body image issues can affect anyone, at any age, and that it’s important to #BeBodyKind. 

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Last year we found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.

Mental Health Foundation

“What if you criticised a stranger the way you criticise yourself? Being too hard on yourself often leads to negative thoughts and low self-esteem. Becoming more aware of your negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones can help to get rid of our shame-based self-image.”

Mind is a charity that recognises the fact that mental health problems can affect anyone, at any point and are always on hand to provide information and support. They say that this week is a great time to chat about mental health with friends, family and collegues and reflect on personal wellbeing.

The aim of the week is to reduce stigma and discrimination and promote a wide range of services available to people across the UK.

Mind in Brighton and Hove have organised a range of events on in Brighton Hove and East Sussex.

  • Tuesday 14th of May (Jubilee Library) 10 am – 3 pm. A chance to make positive body images pledges, watch films and get involved with a body image collage.
  • Wednesday 15th May (Sussex Coast College). Interactive body image workshops
  • Thursday 16 May (Eastbourne University) 2 pm –  5 pm. A stall at a talk being given by Jonny Benjamin, author of Stranger on a Bridge, as part of a Mental Health Awareness Week event at Eastbourne University (Hillbrow building)
  • Friday  17 May (Wellsbourne Health Clinic) 3 pm – 6 pm.  Mind will be hosting a stall in Whitehawk as part of a family fun day

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