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Mental Health Awareness Week 14 to 20 May 2018

Alert message sent 15/05/2018 14:28:00

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Mental Health Awareness Week 14 – 20 May 2018

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental health problems each year and 20% of General Practice work load comes from mental health illness.  Common mental health disorders, such as depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety disorder, may affect up to 15% of the population at any one time.  Suicide remains the most common death for men aged 20-49 in UK.  Reports from both England and Wales suggest that approximately 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem are currently receiving treatment/help.

This year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14 - 20 May), the focus is on stress.  Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

Evidence suggests that there are five steps to mental wellbeing:

A healthy mind is just as important as a health body…

Connect – social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health

Be active – regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups

Take notice – studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being

Learn – continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life

Give – Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Further Information is available to download from:

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David Huckle (Police, PCSO, Milton Keynes)

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