Stress Contributes to the Mental Health Crisis

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Stress relief during times of crisis can be difficult, especially if stress is consistent and fear driven. Recently, the Covid-19 pandemic showcased how high stress causes ‘pandemic burnout’ and ‘Covid fatigue.’ These terms are attributed to feelings of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion during Covid-19 where prolonged high stress (World Health Organization) prioritized survival skills over wellbeing. Examples include having anxiety about the future, being less effective at work, less involved with family life, or feeling cynical.

“74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.” Isabella Goldie, director of the Mental Health Foundation explained that stress is a society issue and steps should be made to help raise awareness and encourage support. Examples include places of work and schools to treat mental health problems as seriously as physical safety. Goldie also goes to say “Individually we need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us” (Mental Health Foundation).

Stress at work is a major cause for mental health concerns, often causing depression and anxiety. Research commissioned by Mind has found that work is the most stressful factor in people’s lives with one in three people (34 per cent) saying their work life was either very or quite stressful, more so than debt or financial problems (30 per cent) or health (17 per cent).

According to Champion Health, across the board, employees experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression are high. Data reveals that nearly 60% of employees feel anxious and just over half feel low in mood. Poor mental health is also cited as a factor that impacts productivity for 1 in 5 employees, contributing to costly levels of presenteeism (on both a personal and business level).

We have compiled a list of UK professional resources below to help with managing stress or assist with other mental health concerns:

  • Anxiety UK:  Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety disorders. 08444 775 774
  • *Business Disability ForumBusiness Disability Forum is an employers’ organisation focused on disability as it affects business. They aim to enable companies to become disability confident by making it easier to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers.*for employers only
  • Counselling Directory – set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find support. Through their experiences of mental health issues, they learnt how having the right support and information can help transform lives. The website encourages those in need to seek help and contains information on the common reasons people turn to counselling, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure the professionalism of its website, all counsellors have provide details of their qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.
  • Dealing with DepressionDealing with Depression is an online forum that provides a friendly and safe place for people to share information and talk about their experiences of depression.
  • Mental Health Helplines Partnership ProjectThe Telephone Helplines Association’s website lists a number of different mental health telephone services.
  • Mind InfolineThe Mind Infoline service is run by a dedicated team of specialists, responding to more than 20 000 enquiries a year. Topics range from types of mental distress, where to get help and drug treatments, to alternative therapies and who’s who in mental health services and advocacy. 0300 123 3393 (Open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm except for bank holidays) or text 86463
  • NHSThe NHS in England and Wales offers people medical information and advice by phone or over the internet. They can also refer callers to various self-help and support organisations. 111. In Scotland, contact NHS 24 on 111
  • Rethink Mental Illness’ National Advice and Information Service: Rethink Mental Illness’ National Advice and Information Service provides expert advice and information on issues that affect the lives of people coping with mental illness. 0300 5000 927 (Open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm)
  • SANElineSupport, information and advice for anyone affected by mental health problems (Open 6pm to 11pm every day) 0845 767 8000
  • SANEmailSANEmail runs alongside SANEline to provide an additional channel of support to those affected by mental health issues
  • The Mental Health FoundationThe Mental Health Foundation provides information, carries out research, campaigns and works to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live

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