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There is no single definition for stress. But, the most common symptoms affect individuals mentally, physically or impact your mental state.
Stress and poor mental health is public health’s biggest challenge they are facing. Although stress is an invisible mental health problem it can lead to numerous other health problems. Such as, heart disease, insomnia, digestive issues and serious mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Stress awareness month has been held every April since 1992. Its aim is to encourage opportunities for individuals to open up and discuss any problems and or challenges they may be facing whilst aiming to remove the stigma around mental health. It enables people to be open minded and discuss coping methods that have helped them and may help others.
A key source to helping stress is finding time for yourself, taking care of yourself and understanding that you are not alone.
Some typical symptoms of stress;
- Muscle tension and pain
- Sexual problems
- Constant worry
- Chest pain or faster heartbeat
Useful numbers to help manage your stress;
Mind – 0300 123 3393
Staffs Mental Health – 0808 800 2234