World Mental Health Day

A little late to the party but better late than never. Yesterday was World Mental Health Day and l wanted to take this moment just to talk about the issue around mental health and the severity of it.

According to the World Health Organisation, if we don’t act immediately by 2030 depression will be the top illness globally.

The purpose of World Mental Health Day is to not only bring greater awareness but also educate the importances of understanding what is mental health,  the symptoms and how to recover from it.  World Mental Health is held on the 10th of October each year.

Mental illness affected individuals mentally, physically and socially. Mental health can affect anyone at any stages of their lives and there is a road to recovery if they are willing to put in the effect and extra help from people around them.

 

 

What can you do to help?

From past experience, talk to them. It is that simple. By talking to someone, even if it feels like you are talking a load of rubbish, however, in their perspective, it is different. Those words you say is extremely valuable to these people.

Trust me, if you know of a close friend or family who is suffering from mental illness, talk to them before it is too late. They need you more than you could ever imagine. Better late than never.

As a sufferer, if you do not wish to speak to your family member or friend, why not call up mental health organisation who are willing to chat anonymously to you. For more information on different organisations click here.

Collaboration: The Standard Male X Photoshop Ain’t Real

When we talk about the fashion industry, pressure by media, body image and mental health we tend to think about females, young or old. But what about men? Men’s have feelings too!

 

In recent years, there have a been a greater target towards men and the perceptive of males such that the media has highlighted the ideal males should be “youthful, masculine, successful and attractive.” Due to these pressures, males are falling into the traps of physically harming their body’s like females.  The most common disorder is “exercise bulimia” which is referred to males spending a ridiculous amount of time in exercising to burn off the extra calories. Just like females, males are also retouched by digital editing and makeup to meet the fashion industry and media standard.

 

The Try Guy video below highlights the perfect description of male insecurity and visual idea as to what happens behind the scene before a photo shoot and what happens to these pictures before they are published publicly.

 

 

Just like The Standard Male, Photoshop Ain’t Real is a hub where we aim to not only generate greater awareness but we believe that tougher rules and regulations must be placed within the fashion and modelling industry, as well as, media outlets to reduce the amount of mental health suffers due to this issue. Also, kids as young as 8 years old should be educations about healthy body image and the influences of media.

 

This article is part of two parts series in collaboration with The Standard Male. To take a look the article on The Standard Male click here.

A.L.

Crossover with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

I am ecstatic to have Katrina Tse from BDD Does Happen To Us to join us to talk about the relation between the fashion industry affecting mental health, thus, leading to Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Before further ado, I’ll like to introduce our friend from ‘BDD Does Happen to us’

We all know that how Fashion Industry and media spread an unhealthy view of today’s teenagers.

Our perception of beauty is significantly influenced by the media outlets like magazines, TV and social media. They craft the idealised standard of beauty and humanity and from their creation are born the desire to become the idealised form. Theses trend create an unrealistic standard that we feel we have to live up to. Sometimes we find ourselves judging and comparing our own lives with the updates, tweets, and photos from the media. In fact, this demanding beauty standard is difficult for people to reach and the comparisons we make can cause feelings of inferiority that lead to low self-esteem.

It has additionally been associated with higher rates of developing serious mental health issue like Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). It is “a preoccupation with what they imagine to be a defective body part or a distorted view of some small and insignificant defect.” As BDD often takes hold during the teenage years when one is very vulnerable to be affected by the Fashion media, many assume that teenagers are more likely than others to get this disorder. I am working on a campaign about increasing the awareness of BDD.

Feel free to exchange information in regard to how fashion industry and media affect teenager’s mental health and we can strive to make a change. Visit us on our Facebook, Twitter and WordPress page.

Katrina Tse – BDD Does Happen To Us

“Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!”

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So what you’re telling me is that my childhood favorite toy is damaging young girl’s self-esteem?

At the tender age of 5, I remembered received my very first Olympic swimming Barbie doll in response to the Sydney Olympic Games 2000. I thought all dolls looked like that. I remember hating on one of the dolls for having long legs. The struggles to put on tight skinny jeans was a nightmare for a 5 years old me. I guess that was back in my times.

Fast-forward 14 years later, Barbie is blamed for body image issues and even worse eating disorder.

Barbie may just be a plastic unrealistic doll but young girls at the tender age of 10, keeping in mind may or maybe not be going through puberty yet are striving to achieve a dangerously thin physical appearance.

Barbie is owned by 99% of 3-10-year-old girls around the world and is the most requested on young girls Christmas wish list for over 55 years.

However, the question, Is Barbie’s body shape an unrealistic representation of a girl? Should parents continue to go ahead and purchase a Barbie doll for their daughter?

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Researchers have highlighted that Barbie’s body represent less than 1 in 100,000 adult women with a 20cm smaller waist than an anorexic patient. With a measurement like this, realistically, Barbie would not be able to hold her head up or menstruate.

Is this the image we want the next generation to believe is socially acceptable?

 

 

A.L.

 

The Conversation. (2014). Is Barbie bad for body image?. [online] Available at: http://theconversation.com/is-barbie-bad-for-body-image-33725 [Accessed 10 Sep. 2016].