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

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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.

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

Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey MSP will join staff from MHF Scotland at Glasgow Central Station today to encourage rail travellers to #BeBodyKind.

Just over 1 in 8 British adults has experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings due to their body image, a new survey has found.

In March, MPs called for tougher regulations and recognition of social media addiction, particularly amongst those aged 24 and under.

New research from the 'Where's Your Head At?' campaign at Bauer Media has found that employees are three times more likely to discuss physical ailments over mental health issues at work. One in five of all United Kingdom adults and 46% of 18-24-year-olds said images on social media had caused them to worry about their body image.

The Scottish Government's Advisory Group on Healthy Body Image - which will include members from youth, third sector and equalities groups - will identify steps to improve support for young people and advice for relevant professionals. 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.

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New data about the impact of body image on young people's mental health will be published by MHF later this week.

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.

Meanwhile a separate QBE survey featuring the workforce side found that not taking time off to recover from a mental health problem had taken a toll on productivity, according to 94% of the 1,300 employees polled.

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

"Action starts in our families and homes with how we talk about our bodies and about eating, but we also need more regulation of advertising promoting idealised and unattainable body images".

The school has thirteen staff trained in mental health first aid, in addition to a Guidance and Advice Support Service (GASS) providing students with non-referral access to a student welfare officer. The goal is to sign-up 50 leading employers by the end of Mental Health Awareness Week.

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