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, Space for Positive Body Image is an easy to follow programme that includes a range of tools, activities and education, in a safe and confidential space.

A Space for Positive Body Image

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. We are often bombarded with images of a ‘thin’ ideal or strong and muscular physique. The programme encourages us to see past the media’s message, and to build on our own strengths and raise self-esteem. The programme 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.

Accessible and flexible

The Space for Positive Body Image can be accessed 24/7 – on your computer, tablet of mobile phone. Topics include;

  • The role of media and culture
  • Understanding body image and when this can become a problem
  • Increasing self esteem
  • The relationship between how we feel and what we eat
  • How to challenge negative thoughts

To sign up, click here.

This is a self-help resource produced by SilverCloud. Neither your responses to, nor your progress within, any of the modules within this programme are monitored by the Counselling Service or the University. If you are in distress, you need to access one of the following services:

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger of harm, please call the Police or Ambulance Service on 999.

Accident & Emergency department at your local hospital (emergencies only). You can use the NHS Choices website (enter your postcode) to find your nearest hospital with an A&E. If you are in Liverpool, go to A&E at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and ask to speak to a member of the Hospital Mental Health Liaison Team.

Do you need medical or mental health help now?

If you do then it is crucial that you contact the right person and that is most likely to be your GP. They will know where to get you the specialist help you need.

If your GP surgery is closed, their answerphone will direct you to the right place or you can call NHS 111. Use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it is not a life threatening situation.

Need to talk?

If you want to talk to someone about how you feel, what you're experiencing or how to deal with someone else's behaviour, you can contact the following:

The Samaritans - offer a 24-hour helpline on 116 123.

Students Against Depression is a website offering advice, information, guidance and resources to those affected by low mood, depression and suicidal thinking.