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This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on body image, and the impact our relationship with our body can have on our mental health.

From bullying to social media and advertising, modern life is full of things which can impact on our perception of self and feelings of worth.

Negative body image can affect us in a number of ways, and in severe cases can lead to mental health conditions such as eating disorders.

So what is happening this Mental Health Awareness Week and how can you get involved?

When is it taking place?

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from the 13th – 19th of May. During the week, people are encouraged to show their support and raise awareness of mental health, and share their experiences around body image.

How can you get involved?

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise the profile of the work being done to tackle mental illness – including MQ’s work funding vital mental health research.

From fundraising for mental health research to sharing what body image means to you – here are a few ways you can take part this Mental Health Awareness Week:

1. Share on social media

How do you deal with body confidence issues? Is there a time you’ve felt good in your own skin that you’re willing to share? Post on social media to spread the word with the hashtags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #BeBodyKind.

Don’t forget to follow MQ as we’ll be sharing what science can teach us about our physical and mental health – @mqmentalhealth.

2. Log Off at Lunchtime and fundraise for mental health research

This Mental Health Awareness Week we’re encouraging people to join our Lunchtime Log Off, committing to at least 20 minutes away from your desk and emails during lunch.

Find out more about how you can get involved.

3. Read Mental Health Foundation’s new report

Mental Health Foundation, who host the week, will be publishing their recent results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health. Check out their website to find out more.

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