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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

13 to 19 May 2019

Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business. This year's theme is Body Image. #BeBodyKind 

You can raise awareness of the issues and support available by downloading campaign resources for social media etc from The Mental Health Foundation.

Video: "You're more than a reflection" performed by Priscila Hernandez, a 24-year-old spoken word artist from South East London.

Her poetry entails a powerful expression of her personal experiences, as well as those of others. She aims to create social impact and empower others through her words. Priscila wrote this piece for the Mental Health Foundation because she experienced disordered eating when she was younger. That set a pattern around her a relationship to body image. She has had a constant battle with her body for years and even now, as a personal trainer and fitness instructor, this battle is still present.

If this video has affected you in any way, you can contact these organisations for confidential support:

Samaritans: If you need someone to talk to then Samaritans are available on 116 123 (UK) for free, 24/7. They are there to talk to, listen and they won't judge or tell you what to do. 

Mind: If you are looking for professional support then Mind can help you with their Infoline. They can find information for you on what support is available in your local area. You can call them on 0300 123 3393 (UK), they are available Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm. 

Beat: If you want to speak to a trained eating disorder helpline support worker then you can call Beat's helpline on 0808 801 0711 (UK) they are open 365 days of the year 12pm - 6pm Mon - Fri and 4pm - 8pm weekends and bank holidays.

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