Stress Awareness Month returns this April for another month-long campaign to raise awareness of stress and the issues it can cause for your health. Whilst many of us will feel stress from time to time, whether in certain one-off situations or during a tough period in our lives, prolonged stress can be a serious mental issue, and it’s important that you get the help you need to combat it. Familiarise yourself with the local and national services available to you to help you get the advice you need if you suffer from stress.
Stress Awareness Month – Where to get help
Stress can happen to anyone, at any time. If you feel under emotional or mental pressure and are feeling like you’re unable to cope, then these are all symptoms of stress. Whilst sometimes it can pass quite quickly, other people can suffer ongoing symptoms, leading to anxiety, problems sleeping, loss of appetite and more. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with stress alone, and there are a number of resources available to help you through it.
Stressed at work? Speak to your employer
If work is causing you to be stressed, whether due to your workload, colleagues or other pressures, it’s important that you have a conversation with your employer. An occupational health worker can offer advice and support whilst your line manager should also be there for you to see if anything can be done with your workload or to resolve any difficult situations you may be facing. The Health and Safety Executive website has some useful information for you about stress in the workplace if you’d like further information.
Talking Therapies is an excellent service which offers approachable and friendly services to those suffering from mental health concerns, including stress. Available for adults aged 17+, there is a drop-in clinic in Slough as well as other services in Bracknell and elsewhere to suit your needs. You can be referred by your GP or you can refer yourself and take part in an initial phone consultation.
It’s not just young people or those in work that suffer from stress, older people can be effected too. The Berkshire Older People’s Mental Health Service is there to support older people and address their specific needs, whist also being mindful of existing health conditions. It’s a useful service which can help to address your issues as well as give you support for any areas that might be the source of your stress such as your living arrangements or your medical needs.
Stress can manifest itself in a number of ways, and if you were to suffer a mental health crisis at home and need support, the Berkshire Mental Health Crisis Service will be able to provide you with support at home, reducing hospital admissions where possible. It’s useful to keep their details to hand should you or someone you know need it. It’s a 24-hours service, available outside of normal practice hours.
MIND is one of the UK’s leading mental health charities, offering a number of support services for those facing mental health issues. They have an excellent guide on their website to manage stress as well as details of available support if you need it. For comprehensive information and support, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness is another fantastic charity looking to change the way we see mental illness and offer better support to those affected. They have some useful advice about stress and how to manage it, as well as an excellent search facility to find your nearest support services.
Whilst suffering with stress can make you feel as though you’re alone, there is a lot of help and support available to you. Consult your GP if you’re finding it difficult to manage stress and remember that out of hours services can support mental health too. Dial 111 if you need help and you’ll be referred to a member of our team who will be able to provide you with the assistance you need.