A Message for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week the team has been sharing messages related to body image and how we think and feel about our bodies.
Although the week is coming to an end, we hope the messages we have shared are relevant and useful throughout the year. The last of these messages is from our Client Services Lead, Christopher Whitehead-Baines:
“It’s been wonderful and inspirational to see all the awareness raising and sharing of personal stories over #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 2019. This year’s theme of body image is a really important one, and makes me think about the strong link between our physical and mental health.
Many survivors carry around a lot of guilt and shame that does not belong to them. This is often accompanied by low self-esteem and self-worth, and can have a very negative impact on how we care for ourselves, view ourselves, and how we perceive we are viewed by others.
We are faced daily by the world around us directly or indirectly telling us that we need to be a certain type of person and look a certain way. The fact is we just need to be who we are. To care for and love ourselves, and each other.
Our differences make us unique. That uniqueness is often a source of shame and darkness, but it can also be a source of pride and light.
My message for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 2019 is a simple one. Whoever you are, where ever you are, find your light and let it shine bright. You are beautiful because you are you.”