Most workers won’t discuss mental health issues with managers, study suggests

05/15/2019 03:00 | 2

Most workers won’t discuss mental health issues with managers, study suggests

It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and business insurance specialist QBE has released the findings of its survey aimed at highlighting the impact of mental health support - or the lack of it - in the workplace.

Women were more badly affected than men, with 11 per cent of Scots women admitting they had "deliberately hurt themselves" due to their body image.

Just over 22% of all UK adults and nearly half of 18-24 year olds said images on social media had caused them to worry about their body image and the majority of adults surveyed think the UK Government needs to do more to protect the public from the presentation or use of unhealthy body images in advertising and social media.

Reports were published to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, including research suggesting that most workers would not discuss mental health with their manager.

Ms Haughey said: "From our recently published research, we know that body image is a concern for children and young people".

"For some this is potentially very severe, with people saying they have self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts and feelings".

She said the new advisory group, which will draw members from youth, third sector and equalities groups, was part of the government's overall aim to tackle mental health issues, targeting the impact of social media and body image on people's mental wellbeing.

Body image issues have been shown to affect adult United Kingdom women more than men.

The survey found that body image issues affected more women than men.

Mental Health Foundation Scotland, which carried out the research, wants the United Kingdom government to reform social media and advertising rules.

The charity is calling on the UK Government and industries to take action including regulating social media and giving more powers to the Advertising Standards Authority. We are striving for a society where people do not suffer because of concerns about body image, and where they do not feel pressured to live up to a false sense of perfection.

The survey of 4,505 adults also found that about a third of United Kingdom adults have felt anxious or depressed because of concerns about their body image.

"At Rastrick, we have worked hard to protect and grow our income through thorough budgeting, excellent academic results which creates rising pupil numbers, tough decision making and no lack of entrepreneurial skill, meaning that we have a budget that allows us to continue to offer outstanding mental health support to our students".

The foundation is calling on the United Kingdom government to tackle the promotion of unhealthy or idealised body images as a specific part of its strategy in the Online Harms White Paper.

"This could be enforced by the new independent regulator, which is already part of the Government proposals contained in the Online Harms White Paper".

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