Local NHS Health Trainers promote Mental Health Awareness Week

Local NHS Health Trainers promote Mental Health Awareness Week
13 May 2019

The East Riding Health Trainers are promoting Mental Health Awareness Week which runs between 13-19 May 2019.

The service, run by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, are focusing on the theme of body image, encouraging staff and clients to have open honest discussions with their friends and family about this topic.

The team will displaying posters in all East Riding GP practices to raise awareness as it has been scientifically proved that negative body image has profound implications for our mental and physical health. 

Senior Health Trainer Emma Hood said: “Here at the Health Trainer Service we encourage people to be healthy and happy by taking care of themselves. This could be through eating healthily, exercising, reducing alcohol intake or stopping smoking. We also support people to improve their emotional wellbeing and we know that the more comfortable you are with your body, the greater your overall wellbeing, and the less likely you are to engage in destructive behaviors.”

Last year a survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.

During mental health week, the Health Trainers will be supporting the Mental Health Foundation by taking part in a national conversation about how we can be kinder to our bodies as a guard against the individual, family and cultural influences that can lead to a gnawing and sometimes debilitating sense of dissatisfaction with our bodies.  

In small groups in the Health Trainer team, staff will be stopping for half an hour ‘cuppa and cake’ breaks to talk about how they can improve the situation personally and together as a team.

As part of the awareness week the service will also be promoting National Walking encouraging people to get outside and improve their wellbeing by walking.

Emma said: “We are encouraging everyone, including staff, to exercise for 150 minutes of moderate intense exercise per week where our hearts are beating faster, breathing is faster and we’re getting warmer. We’re aiming to break it down into 10 minute sessions throughout the week as they can easily add up to 150 minutes of exercise.”

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