Mental Health Awareness Week – the benefits of reducing stress
In support of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week 14-20 May, local NHS Trust CWP – which provides mental health and community services across Cheshire and Wirral – is encouraging local people to consider how they can help themselves to reduce their stress levels.
Stress, and the effect that it can have on our health and wellbeing, is the theme of this year’s national campaign led by the Mental Health Foundation.
At Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, chief executive Sheena Cumiskey is proud to support this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week campaign. She said: “As a Trust, we are proud to fly the flag for Mental Health Awareness Week once again in 2018. This is a great campaign that endeavours to raise awareness of mental health issues and measures that can be taken to improve a person’s mental wellbeing.
“It is crucially important to look after your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those that you care for. By tackling stress together, we can hopefully reduce instances of other mental health problems, and therefore improve the lives of our general population as a whole.”
According to the Mental Health Foundation, research shows that two thirds of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime, with stress being a common factor. While stress isn't a mental health problem in itself, it is recognised that lower levels of stress can lead to fewer instances of depression and anxiety, as well as improved physical health outcomes (such as cardiovascular, muscular and joint health).
A host of stress busting tips and resources can be found on the Mental Health Foundation website.