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Are you stressed? Help is available

Between 14-20 May 2018 the Mental Health Foundation is running a campaign to raise awareness of stress.

Stress is a key factor in mental health problems which affects two thirds of the population.

Below is a useful list of the signs and symptoms that may help you identify if you’re suffering with stress:

  • feelings of constant worry or anxiety or of being overwhelmed
  • difficulty concentrating
  • mood swings or changes in your mood
  • irritability or having a short temper
  • difficulty relaxing
  • depression or low self-esteem
  • eating more or less than usual
  • changes in your sleeping habits
  • using alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs to relax
  • aches and pains, particularly muscle tension
  • diarrhoea and constipation
  • feelings of nausea or dizziness
  • loss of sex drive.

Are you worried about your mental health? Your first priority is to book a GP appointment. This booklet 'How to talk to your GP about mental health' may also help.

Call 999 if you are worried about your immediate safety, or go straight to the nearest Accident and Emergency department.

To learn more about self-care and how to handle stress you may be interested in: How to manage and reduce stress.

NHS Talking Therapies in Berkshire help adults aged 17+ living in Berkshire. They have a team of advisors and therapists who can help you to overcome life’s difficulties and problems and manage them better. You can refer yourself to Talking Therapies, or ask your GP or healthcare professional to refer you. Further details are on their website:

The Little Blue Book of Sunshine is a booklet for all young people to help them cope with stress, emotional health and mental health issues. You can download it from our website here.

NHS Choices Moodzone offers practical, useful information, interactive tools, and videos to support you on your way to feeling better. Visit their website here.

The NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service is a dedicated mental health services for veterans. Find out more here.

Further details about help in your local area are available here:

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, there are also these events happening locally:

  • West Berkshire is hosting a variety of events including; an art group, run or walk and talk, board games and chat. Further details are available here.
  • Reading Borough Council is promoting events as diverse as a local dog-friendly walk, a talk with an anorexia survivor and how to deal with death and loss

More information about mental health awareness week is available on the Mental Health Foundation website.

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.