Eating Disorders Are A PR Problem

Before we get into this, no, eating disorders are not always linked to PR and media. Eating disorders are as varied and complex as the people that have them, but it can be said that there are irrevocable links between PR and certain eating disorders – and this needs to be addressed.

As this week marks another Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I can’t help but think to all the images of the “perfect” body that so many believe they must achieve. Images that are fed to us through constant streams of photoshopped poses and filtered faces. Every day each of us is told that, in one way or another, we need to be fitter, skinnier, more attractive, more like those “perfect” people. And for some of us, that can be dramatically affecting.

Eating disorders are the most lethal mental health disorders.

There are several ways in which PR plays a part in the creation of eating disorders in young people, and there are things that all of us could do (as PR professionals and human beings) to combat the deadly effects of simple and seemingly harmless actions and reactions in the media and world around us. Continue reading

Sociopaths on Social Media

Mental Health issues have never been as publicised as they are right now. With Mental Health Awareness Day and a self-proclaimed “generation of anxiety”, more and more influencers are exposing their mental illnesses to the world via Youtube videos, Instagram posts and tweets.

But with this constant access to Mental Health information coming from often uninformed influencers, the number of people self-diagnosing is on the increase, despite psychologists warning of the dangers of doing so.

Still, it can be seen on many platforms that adults, teens and children are proclaiming themselves to have anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder and more. Unofficially diagnosed people are joining mental health support groups, and some are even claiming

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