New Acas advice on creating a positive mental health environment at work

BODY SHAME More than one in seven Scots felt suicidal over their figure

The advisory group - whose members have not yet been announced - will look at links between social media use and body image issues.

"We particularly welcome the commitment to addressing the impact of social media on body image".

"Our survey has shown that millions of young people in Britain are worrying about their body image".

Mental health minister Clare Haughey said: "From our recently published research, we know that body image is a concern for children and young people". The study comes after a year-long effort to put mental and physical first aid on equal footing in the workplace, with a petition to have mental health first aiders at every workplace gaining over 210,000 signatures so far.

The advice includes suggestions such as employers leading on a wellbeing strategy at work; supporting and training managers to have the confidence and knowledge in managing mental health; and workers identifying personal stress triggers, supporting colleagues and asking for help when needed.

William called on the nation to really stop and listen to a person in need, in the minute-long message broadcast at 10.59am across hundreds of United Kingdom radio stations to mark the start of mental health awareness week.

YouGov questioned 1,012 Scots aged 18 and above and found that just over a third (34 per cent) had felt anxious about their body image.

She said: "The impact social media can have on a person is extreme".

The foundation calls on the Government and relevant industries to take action, including regulation of social media and more powers for the Advertising Standards Authority.

The survey also found large numbers of men can be affected, with a quarter of United Kingdom adult men saying they have felt depressed because of concerns about their body image.

Mental Health Foundation chief executive Mark Rowland said: "Our survey indicates that many people in Northern Ireland are struggling with concerns about their body image". The NewFilters to manage the impact of social media on young people's mental health and well-being report released by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) highlighted key findings around how damaging social media can be for young people.

She added: "Social media continues to present a multitude of dangers for young people which they have been left to navigate on their own devices".

"We hope everyone will support our Big Brew and help end the stigma around mental health".

In particular, 17% failed to deliver products or services due to an employee suffering from mental health issues while at work.

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