Mental Health Awareness Week - Body Talk
17th May 2019
1:5 adults (20%) felt shame Over 1/3 (34%) felt down or low 19% felt disgusted (in the last year) because of their body image Amongst teenagers, 37% felt upset, 31% felt ashamed of their bodies Over 1/3 (34%) of adults said they had felt anxious and 35% felt depressed because of body image 1:8 (13%) of adults experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of concerns relating to their body Over 1:5 (21%) of adults said images used in advertising had caused them to worry about their body image Over 1:5 (22%) of adults and 40% of teenagers said images on social media caused them to worry about their body image Effective regulation of how body image is portrayed Commitment from social media companies to play a key role in promoting body kindness A public health approach to body image by training frontline health and education staff Awareness building to encourage individuals to be more aware of how we take care of ourselves and others in relation to body image Psalm 139:14 ‒ Believe that God was intentional when He created you. Know that nothing about you is a mistake. Proverbs 31:30 ‒ Highlights what God values in a woman. 1 Samuel 16:7 ‒ Realise that God looks at the heart, not outward appearance. Luke 16:15 ‒ We may seek approval from others, but God's values are different to ours. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if you are suffering with an illness or disability, understand that your spirit can be renewed even if your body is impaired or your health fails. 1 Timothy 4:8 – Get a healthy perspective regarding physical fitness by not prioritising it over spiritual well-being. 1 Peter 3:3-4 ‒ Understand that no matter what is achieved physically, it is the heart that is precious to God. Body Beautiful – A Concise Book of Health for Teens A Sound Mind – Thinking Your Way to Vibrant Health Healing Hearts Restoring Minds – The A-Z of Emotional Well-being Stress – How to Handle the Pressure Brain Health – How to Handle Your Head The Mental Wellness Handbook – Supporting Churches In Raising Mental Health Awareness and Encouraging Emotional Healing. This is available for purchase from the Health Ministries department at the BUC.
[Sharon Platt-McDonald, BUC Director for Health, Women's Ministries and Adventist Community Services]