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25% of men surveyed said they felt depressed because of concerns about their body image.

Mental Health Foundation is demanding social media and advertising reform due to its links to worry about body image and is also providing advice on how people can take action to protect themselves.

"As part of Mental Health Awareness Week the Foundation will be publishing the results of a UK-wide survey on body image and mental health".

The launch of the group's remit, by mental health minister Clare Haughey, comes during Mental Health week and just days after a Mental Health Foundation report revealed that a third of adults have felt anxious over their body image, with around a quarter of those surveyed having felt "disgust" or "shame" at their bodies in the past year.

Body image issues have been shown to affect adult United Kingdom women more than men. Nadya Kuhl, occupational health manager, said: "The introduction of mental health first aiders will enhance what we can deliver for our own people and customers".

For the older generation, power of attorney was of "vital importance", she stressed, while advisers were also well placed to start a conversation between family members to ensure an appropriate power of attorney is in place for both financial matters and health and welfare.

Julie Cameron, head of programmes at MHF Scotland, said: "The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is body image and our research published this week highlights the huge impact that negative body image can have on the mental health of both adults and young people".

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An NHS data analysis by Mind found the country's mental health services a postcode lottery, with some areas spending nearly half per person on mental health compared to other places.

Just over 22% of all UK adults and nearly half of 18-24 year olds said images on social media had caused them to worry about their body image and the majority of adults surveyed think the UK Government needs to do more to protect the public from the presentation or use of unhealthy body images in advertising and social media.

Mental Health Foundation Scotland, which carried out the research, wants the United Kingdom government to reform social media and advertising rules.

"Now is the time to address these pressures head-on and we look forward to playing our full part in the new advisory group".

Chief executive Simon Blake said: "Despite the increased awareness around mental health in the workplace, employees are telling us that there is still a significant gap in how we think and act about physical and mental health at work".

Tomorrow, she will be at the headquarters of Girlguiding Scotland to launch an advisory group on body image.

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