Body image concerns 'making people suicidal’

Tuesday 14th May 2019 18:41 EDT

Concerns about body image are making large numbers of people depressed and even suicidal, a survey suggests. The poll of 4,500 UK adults found a third had felt anxious about their bodies, with one in eight experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The Mental Health Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said the issue could affect anyone at any age. The charity wants advertising and social media firms to take more care with the way bodies are portrayed.

The issue of body image is one of the main theme's of this year's Mental Health Awareness week. 

The charity is promoting a number of personal stories as part of its push to raise awareness about the issue. Mental Health Foundation chief executive Mark Rowland said there needs to be greater awareness of the issue.

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