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East Riding Residents And Workers Urged To Look After Mental Health

East Riding Residents And Workers Urged To Look After Mental Health

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 10th October 2019.

It is World Mental Health Day and as part of this, East Riding of Yorkshire Council's public health team is encouraging people to take care of their mental health both at work and at home.

The authority says good stress management is important in the workplace as well as at home.

It said:

"If you often experience feelings of stress, you might be at risk of developing a mental health problem, like depression or anxiety, and stress can also make existing problems worse. Building resilience can help you to adapt to challenging circumstances.

Staff don’t need to cope with stress alone. Here are some general things to try:

  • Recognising the signs of stress and the causes is a good place to start
  • Work out what you find stressful and helpful in the workplace. Once you know what works for you, talk to your employer about this. They may be able to make some changes to help you
  • Try different coping techniques to use as soon as you start to feel pressure building. Everyone is different, it may take time to find a method that works for you. Try the Stress Management Society website for ideas
  • Try mindfulness. Focusing on the here and now can help you to create space to respond in new ways to situations. The Be Mindful website has tips on how to do this
  • Look after your physical health

It’s good to talk and talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with tougher times.

Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while.

Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways; if you open up, it might encourage others to do the same."

Lindsay Hudson, public health lead for mental health and suicide prevention at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

"People can look out for low mood, if you're worrying all the time, possible a bit of irritability, maybe you're not sleeping well.

If you don't feel like doing your normal activities that you normally enjoy doing, that maybe a sign to look out for; maybe you're drinking a bit more, smoking a bit more.

Any kind of changes in behaviour really that you wouldn't expect."

For more information about mental health, or advice and support on the points mentioned above, visit happyandwell.me

Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/ or call 116 123




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