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Health, Work And Money Top Stressors

There are many things that can cause stress in our lives, with a recent report from the Mental Health Foundation highlighting the most common.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 the organisation published its report Stress: Are We Coping? This survey found that in the past year, 74 per cent of UK adults said that they’d felt so stressed at some point in time they didn’t feel able to cope or were overwhelmed.

It also identified the main causes of stress in people’s lives, with long-term health conditions, work and money named as the main things that make people stressed.

Over one-third (36 per cent) of the adults who had admitted suffering from stress in the past year cited long-term health conditions that either they or a close friend or relative were suffering from as the cause of that stress.

Work was also identified as a major stressor, with one of the challenges finding a balance between work and home life. Meanwhile, not having enough money to meet basic needs was named as a contributing factor to stress by 22 per cent of those surveyed.

The report also offered recommendations on how to deal with stress, which include recognising it as a problem and understanding the causes, examining your lifestyle and seeing if there is a way to make more time for yourself, and being mindful.

A recent article in the Belfast Telegraph offered some advice on how to become more emotionally resilient and thereby cope better with stress. Top tips included letting go of the idea of perfection, finding balance and accepting yourself.

This can be easier said than done though, and you may want to seek help from a professional with therapy rooms in Central London to support you on your journey to better mental health.

More Support Needed To Prevent Student Suicides

The rate of suicide among students in the UK has reached a record high level, with a study by researchers at Hong Kong University’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention indicating that a growing number of students in the UK are finding it difficult to look after their mental health.

The Conversation reported that previous studies have shown that, in the last decade, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of students who are reporting mental health problems.

In addition, the news provider noted that other research has found that there has been a rise in the number of students dropping out of their university courses as a result of mental health problems.

With London one of the most popular cities in the UK for students both nationally and internationally, there could be a growing need for mental health professionals who have therapy rooms in Central London.

The news provider also stressed the importance of providing students with a range of support from different places – not all of it directly related to their mental health. Lecturers and support staff, for instance, can be an important point of contact for students who are struggling.

It isn’t only university students who are finding managing their mental health difficult. New research from the University of Glasgow recently revealed that one in nine young people in Scotland report attempting suicide, while one in six have reported self harm at some point in their lives.

What’s more, 22.8 per cent of young people revealed that they had thought about suicide at some point in their lives, even if they didn’t act on those feelings.

‘Never Say Never’ When It Comes To Anxiety

Keeping anxiety under control through self-management techniques can be one of the hardest, and most important things an anxiety patient can learn, and a common sense app could help reinforce the messages that keep individuals from losing their grip on their condition.

Mental health professionals looking for therapy rooms in central London for a safe space for their clients to help talk through their anxieties might benefit from the My Possible Self App, which has featured in Cosmopolitan.

One of the systems those behind the app recommend is remembering that the term ‘never’ is a trap. It is common to think that normal will never come, but this kind of black and white thinking can lead to more worry. Noticing these ‘never’ thoughts is the first way to start controlling them, the second way is to then consider how to look at a situation in shades of grey.

Discovering patterns to anxiety can be the key to unlocking tools for coping, especially if there are certain triggers like time of day, what has the patient been doing and who was the patient with. Just little things like knowing alcohol makes one’s anxiety worse, or that a bad night’s sleep can exacerbate anxiety can help.

Finally, it is important to talk – which is the first step for anybody living with anxiety.

Anxiety can be managed, the app states, but finding a technique that works to the individual takes time, and so it is important to talk these mechanisms through with a practitioner.

How To Keep Your Mind Healthy In Old Age

While mental health is discussed a lot in regards to younger people in society, many practitioners require therapy rooms in central London to meet with and help the older generation. With old age, there comes a new set of rules to try and live by to keep your mind healthy and happy – take a look at these tips.

Exercise is great for your mental health and can improve your mood almost instantly. When you work out, your body produces hormones which make you feel happier called endorphins. If you are over 65 then you can still carry out lightweight exercise and if you are able to a 20 minute walk two or three times a week will be great for your mood.

If you have a medical condition this can come with its up and downs, managing it day to day. However, if your condition relies upon a device or product to live normally then investing in a good quality product that’s a trusted brand can offer you comfort, and improve your mood by giving you peace of mind.

If you are having internal struggles and don’t have anyone to talk to about these then a great way to offload and free your mind is writing down your thoughts on paper, by doing this you’ll find the process cathartic and may relieve the stresses you’re feeling.

As well as taking part in exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eating well is also just as important, as what you eat can greatly affect your mood. If you choose to eat unhealthy fast foods which contain lots of sugars and carbohydrates these can make you feel sluggish and less energetic. Including lots of healthy options such as lean meats, fish, wholegrains and lots of fresh vegetables will make you feel your best.

Website Launched To Help Men With Mental Health Problems

Men who suffer from mental health issues are more unlikely to seek help than women, which is why a new website has been launched to give them the support they need.

Three friends from Norfolk – Richard Crisp, Paul Charnock and Stuart Walton – have founded the website Man Stress after suffering from mental health problems themselves in the past, the Eastern Daily Press reported.

The site enables visitors to post articles, find out the latest mental health news, learn about events going on nearby and get details of organisations that can help.

Mr Crisp told the news provider: “We will write openly and honestly about our own mental health struggles and invite others to contribute anonymously or openly.”

He added the site hopes to “offer solutions through the experiences of others for longer-term recuperation and recovery from mental health issues, written in layman terms”.

The friends decided to create the website because they appreciated that men find it hard to talk openly about their problems, which can result in their issues escalating and becoming more serious.

Instead, by looking at the webpage, guys can contribute “without fear of ridicule, derision or stigmatisation”.

As well as post stories about their own experiences with stress, anxiety and depression, Man Stress enables readers to leave comments, thereby opening up the conversation about the topic of mental health issues.

Of course, it is not just men who fail to get the support they need, and the Care Quality Commission recently revealed young people find it difficult to access mental health help. This, it found, was due to staff working long hours and being under-resourced.

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Have You Heard Of Mental Health First Aid?

You’re probably familiar with traditional first aid – assisting someone who’s got a physical health problem and making sure they get safely to any medical services that they need to access.

Now there’s an organisation in the UK – Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England which is aiming to train one in ten people in mental health first aid, the Metro reported.

According to the newspaper, this kind of training is designed to give people the knowledge they need to help someone who’s suffering from an acute mental health problem.

It involves teaching people what they can say and what actions they can take to provide assistance to someone in this situation. This kind of first aid training also helps you identify the signs and symptoms of mental illness in others, enabling you to see when someone needs help.

The government has recognised the need to train more people in mental health first aid too, with the health secretary Jeremy Hunt announcing a £5 million programme to provide primary school staff with this kind of training.

However, critics of the scheme have claimed that this is nowhere near enough funding to make a tangible difference in all primary schools around the UK, the Huffington Post reported.

One of the things that MHFA England wants people who undertake the training to understand is that reaching out and interacting with someone who’s going through a mental health episode can make a real difference to their wellbeing. Providing assistance isn’t going to solve the wider issues, but it may give them an opportunity to access the support they need.

The course offered by MHFA England also delivers advice on how to look after your own mental health and provides skills to support positive mental wellbeing.

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