The Mental Health Foundation have launched their latest online course, which focuses on how individuals can support children and young people with their body image and mental health.
The course is three weeks long, and will guide students through the many influences on body image, from social media to physical health conditions, and how body image affects mental health and quality of life in young people.
It’s is designed for all professionals working with children and young people, with a focus on the education sector. However, it will also be of interest to anyone looking to learn more about body image, its link with mental health, and how to support young people at home, in school, or through policy changes.
Week one: Defining body image and mental health throughout life
Week two: Body image in children and young people
Week three: Supporting children and young people to maintain healthy body image
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Describe body image and its prevalence in the UK.
Explore how body image interacts with mental health and quality of life.
Discuss body image concerns throughout life.
Engage in greater depth with the factors that influence body image in children and young people in the UK.
Investigate how take personal actions as a professional to maintain healthy body image.
Explore how to support children and young people’s body image concerns in education
Explore how to support children and young people’s body image concerns at home
Critique UK policy and regulation around professional training, social media, provision of services, and advertising.
The course is free to complete, but can be upgraded to earn a certificate for £64.00.
Click here to find out more and to enrol on the course.