Are we coping?

mental health awareness week Published: Monday, 14th May 2018

Overcoming stress will be the focus this week as Mental Health Awareness Week takes place in Warrington.

Mental Health Awareness Week, 14 – 20 May, aims to raise awareness of the importance of talking about our mental health. The theme for this year is 'stress’ and how we can tackle it to help improve our mental health and wellbeing.

Warrington Borough Council will join individuals and organisations across the country to support Mental Health Awareness Week, increasing people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing issues and how we can combat stress in our everyday lives.

Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for statutory health and adult social care, said: “Some stress can be beneficial as it can help motivate us to reach targets or achieve goals, but excessive or prolonged stress can affect both our physical and mental health.

“Research has shown that two thirds of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime and stress is often a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can also help to reduce the risk of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.”

It’s not always possible to avoid stress, but there are simple things we can all do to reduce stress, or enable ourselves to cope with stress better.

People are being encouraged to make time to look after themselves by increasing the frequency of “feel good” activities in their daily lives.

To help us think about how we could reduce stress and improve our overall wellbeing we should consider and respond to the following questions:

  • When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
  • When was the last time you got up and out?
  • When was the last time you noticed things around you?
  • When was the last time you tried something new?
  • When was the last time you made someone smile?

If you’re feeling stressed and finding it hard to cope it’s important to ask for support. Talk to someone you trust such as a friend, family member, or your GP.

You could also visit Warrington’s mental health awareness website www.happyoksad.org.uk, which has links to free resources to help you look after your mental wellbeing and directories of mental health support services.