To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), Southern Health is encouraging local people to post #nofilter selfies to support its body image themed social media campaign: #nofilterjustme.
The aim of the week-long campaign is to raise awareness of body image, celebrate differences and promote inclusivity. Alongside this, the local NHS Trust will also be promoting its local mental health services and the support available to people in need.
How do I get involved?
Simply take a picture or 'selfie' (with no filter!) add the hashtag #nofilterjustme and tag @Southern_NHSFT on Twitter or @southernhealth_nhsft on Instagram.
Here are a few examples:
I’m ditching the filters for #mentalhealthawarenessweek #nofilterjustme @Southern_NHSFT or @southernhealth_nhsft
Help me get the nation talking about body image and mental health. Take a picture! #nofilterjustme #mentalhealthawarenessweek @Southern_NHSFT or @southernhealth_nhsft
Why the theme body image?
Last year, the Mental Health Foundation found that 30% of adults have, at times, felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they’ve become overwhelmed or unable to cope - that’s almost 1 in 3 people.
Body image issues can affect us all at any point in our lives - from a new mum who is unhappy with her post-baby body to an older man who may be feeling insecure with a reduced level of fitness. Nevertheless, research has shown that negative body image is most common amongst younger generations, especially with the increased use of social media.
The Royal Society for Public Health found 46% of girls, compared to 38% of all young people, have reported that social media has had a negative impact on their self-esteem.