Mental Health Awareness Week
Date: 17 May 2018
The theme for 2018 is ‘stress’. With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems every year, it can happen to any of us – you, someone in your family, a friend, your workmate, your team mate.
Stress is something we’ve all experienced at some point. Whether we’ve had a long day at work or we’re worried about our families, it’s a natural emotion to feel. So when does stress become an issue?
According to a YouGov poll, in the last year alone nearly three quarters of us have felt so stressed that we’ve felt unable to cope. As a result, 46% of adults turned to unhealthy foods, 29% turned to alcohol and 16% turned to smoking.
Contributing factors have included health concerns in ourselves and our family, body image and housing worries. The effects this stress has on our mental health cannot be overlooked. Just over half of adults who feel stressed have also felt depressed. A third had suicidal thoughts.
Self-care is key; it’s important to take some time to look after ourselves. Whether it’s using a day of annual leave to have your own personal pamper day, or leaving the office on time, self-care can do wonders for our stress levels and mental health.