Find here reports, worksheets, and other materials authored by members of the group to help you understand these topics better and build everyday strategies for addressing challenges.

For University of Strathclyde students, Space for Positive Body Image is an effective treatment for men and women experiencing issues related to body image. Built in conjunction with Berkshire Healthcare, it is an easy-to-follow programme that includes a range of tools, activities and education, in a safe and confidential space.

Login is required and only for University of Strathclyde students. Other universities may have similar online schemes.

A Space for Positive Body Image looks at the powerful effect of the media on what we perceive to be the “ideal body” and how we view ourselves. It highlights the culturally-sensitive nature of the “idealised body”, and exposes digital retouching. The programme encourages us to see past the media’s message, and to build on our own strengths and raise self-esteem. It explores the reciprocal relationship between how we feel and what we eat, using the CBT model of inter-relatedness of Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours. It looks at negative automatic thoughts and thinking errors, and how to challenge them. It then looks specifically at the role “rules” play in troublesome relationships with food.

It can be accessed 24/7 – on your computer, tablet of mobile phone.

#MediaMindful campaign & challenge pack by Girlguiding Scotland in collaboration with University of Strathclyde and Gender Equal Media Scotland to “help equip girls with the skills they need to spot harmful gender stereotypes in the media and ask for better.” October 2020. Visit website for materials.

Briefing on Image-Editing Apps and Mental Health, developed by Mental Health Foundation, University of Birmingham, and the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group, September 2020. Download briefing.

Recommendation report from the Scottish Government’s Body Image Advisory Group on Good Body Image, March 2020. Download report.

An interactive workshop on Body Image & Social Media for schools and youth groups. Developed by NHS Lothian CAMHS Eating Disorder Development Team and advisory group by academics and young people, November 2019. Download workshop materials.

Report Building Positive Body Image on Social Media – Spring 2019 from the event organised by University of Strathclyde and Mental Health Foundation – Scotland in Spring 2019. Download report. See videos of speakers.

Worksheet for the report Building Positive Body Image on Social Media – Spring 2019. Apply the report above into a group discussion or work on the questions yourself for more insight into your relationship with social media. Download worksheet.