Take Action for your Mental Health – 22/03/11

Did you know Depression and Anxiety are the most common forms of Mental Distress in the UK?

With Mental Health Action Week approaching health professionals from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust are urging people to take time out to look after their mental health.

Stress and Anxiety are the most common forms of Mental Distress in the UK and in today’s challenging economic climate, worries about money and employment can significantly increase stress levels and trigger other mental health conditions such as Depression.  However there are a few simple steps which everyone can take to try and keep their stress levels in check and continue to maintain a healthy mind, such as:

  • Managing your time better and making time for yourself – we have all been guilty of trying to do too much at once and as a result we get flustered and stress levels immediately begin to rise. 
  • Take part in regular exercise – this can not only boost your self-esteem and improve fitness levels but has also been proven to lower levels of anxiety. 
  • Maintaining a healthy balanced diet can give you more energy and have a real influence on your mood. 
  • And last but not least – don’t be afraid Talk about it.  Discuss your feelings with family and friends they may be able to help you deal with any problems you may have and sometimes just telling people how you feel can make you feel a whole lot better.

Consultant Psychiatrist from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Mark Weaver said: Stress means different things to different people, and many people have different ways of coping.  However it’s important that people recognise they are not alone and there are lots of services and support available to help people get through what may seem like a difficult time. 

Approximately one in four people have a mental health condition and it is not something we should be embarrassed about.  Maintaining a healthy mind is just as important as maintaining our physical health and a wealth of research shows us that both physical health and mental health are closely linked.