Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Cumbria Partnership NHS’s First Step, service, which supports adults with mild to moderate mental health issues,  is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

This year’s theme is about body image. Most people have something they don’t like about some part of their body, however as David Sandford, Senior Psychotherapist within the First Step service explains, when this becomes something a person continually worries about there is help available.

“Many people struggle with their body image such as how we think and feel about our bodies and  often people can struggle to seek help due to feelings of shame; either about the perceived defect or flaw itself, or because they are struggling emotionally. However if this begins to cause distress or to have an impact on a person’s ability to function normally it is important to know that help is available.

“Body image anxieties otherwise known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (a preoccupation with one or more perceived defects or flaws in physical appearance that are not observable, or appear slight, to others) is common, particularly amongst young men but First Step is here to support you.

“A type of therapy known as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can help individuals who are struggling and this is freely available throughout the NHS. In Cumbria, if you feel you need some help your GP can refer you or you can refer yourself to our First Step service via our self-refer online form.”

First Step is part of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and provides free, talking therapies to adults (18+) in Cumbria. First Step can help with a range of common mental health problems including mild to moderate depression, anxiety disorders (such as chronic worry, panic attacks, health anxiety and obsessions), mild bulimia, anger or sleep problems.

Mental Health Awareness Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and it taking place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.