Stress – are we coping? New report marks beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week

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14 May, 2018

New research from the Mental Health Foundation has found that, over the past year, three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope.

Their new report, Stress – Are We Coping?’, was released today to mark Mental Health Awareness week. The report looks at the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications,  focussing on what both we as individuals can do to manage and reduce stress, as well as giving recommendations to Government for national measures.

Some of their recommendations for less stressed nation include:

  1. Health and social care professionals should assess and address the psychological and other stressors experienced by people living with long-term physical health conditions.
  2. People presenting to a 'first point of contact' service in distress should receive a compassionate and trauma-informed response, regardless of where they live in the country.
  3. Government and the Health & Safety Executive must ensure that employers treat physical and psychological hazards in the workplace equally and help employers recognise and address psychological hazards in the workplace under existing legislation.
  4. Governments across the UK should introduce a minimum of two mental health days for every public sector worker.
  5. Mental health literacy should be a core competency in teacher training. This should be combined with rolling out mental health literacy support for pupils in schools across the UK to embed a 'whole-school approach' to mental health and wellbeing.
  6. The government should conduct an impact assessment of welfare reform and austerity programmes on mental health.
  7. More research is needed on the prevalence of stress in the population, and on how the experience of stress can be reduced at the community and societal level.

Speaking about the report, the Mental Health Foundation said: “By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.”

There are of course many fantastic mental health charities in Bristol; Second Step, Bristol MIND and Freedom of Mind to name just a few. Whether a specialised mental health organisation or not, our sector plays a key role in promoting positive mental health and supporting those in need.

To download the full report, along with a collection of useful resources to promote Mental Health Awareness Week to your contacts, click here.
 

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