15 May 2019
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Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, background or gender. Awareness of mental health is becoming increasingly important as the number of people suffering from a mental health condition also increases.
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 13th to 19th May, and this year focusses on the issue of Body Image. Whilst body image is not in itself a mental health condition, feeling uncomfortable with your body can decrease overall mental wellbeing, possibly leading to mental health concerns developing.
Why is mental health important when thinking about body image?
According to the Mental Health Foundation, “Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.” Body image concerns are fairly common, with just over one third of adults saying they have felt anxious (34%) or depressed (35%) because of their body image (Mental Health Foundation, 2019). As such, it is important to increase awareness of how we can take care of the mental wellbeing of ourselves and others in terms of body image.
How can health apps help?
ORCHA has developed an extensive app library, including thousands of mental health apps, so that everyone can easily access the safest, most trustworthy and effective apps for their individual health needs. If you are struggling with body image concerns and feel that this is having a detrimental effect on your mental health, you might find the mental health apps listed below to be of help. These apps have been scored highly by ORCHA, according to Clinical Assurance, Data Privacy and User Experience. You can click on the name of the app to access its ORCHA Review.
‘MeeTwo’ for Stress and Anxiety: MeeTwo allows users to share their personal experiences safely and anonymously in order to access support and advice.
‘DistrACT’ for Self-Harm: distrACT provides easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.
‘Jourvie’ for Body Image: Jourvie supports people suffering from eating disorders, giving them a way of filling out food diaries and developing coping strategies.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, #BeBodyKind, to both yourself and others. You can find out more about the Awareness Week via the Mental Health Foundation’s campaign page here.
If you are concerned about your mental health and need help, click this link for resources that can help. You are not alone and help is available.