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Are you surviving or thriving?

Mental Health Awareness Week starts on 14 May and this year the focus is on stress.  

Around 16 million people are affected by poor mental health every year and stress often plays a key role in making things feel worse. Stress can be defined as the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of pressures that are unmanageable. All sorts of situations can cause stress. Some of the most common involve work, money matters and relationships with partners, children or other family members. Stress may also be caused either by major upheavals and life events such as divorce, unemployment, moving house and bereavement, or by a series of minor irritations such as feeling undervalued at work. Sometimes there are no obvious causes.  Some stress is normal but too much can be harmful. 

Physical health and mental health are often linked. For example, people recovering from a heart condition or cancer may also feel depressed.

Lambeth now offers a service called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies which people can be referred to by their GP or self-refer themselves for mild cases of poor mental health. It offers practical advice about simple measures people can take to improve their mood, deal with stress, anxiety and improve wellbeing.

For more details on accessing mental health support through the NHS, click here.

For more details on stress, symptoms and help options, click here