PUBLISHED: 08:36 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 15 May 2018 Sheena Grant Stress can harm physical and mental health. Knowing how to recognise it and take action to alleviate it is crucial. Picture: Getty Images RomoloTavani This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, from May 14 to 20, is focussing on stress and how we cope with it. We get some advice from local experts. Paula Meir. Picture: Paula Meir, contributed In our 24/7 busy world there are more people in a permanent state of stress than ever before, and if not managed it can easily affect mental health, says therapist, author and executive coach Paula Meir. “We have no problem talking about exercise, food and nutrition but ‘mental health issues’ are still much of a ‘no go’ area. But with one in six people suffering from stress/ anxiety and with over 200 different types of mental illness it’s an area which can no longer be brushed away,” says Norwich-based Paula. Many … [Read more...] about Mental Health Awareness Week: what are the signs you’re suffering from stress?
Sleep awareness week
South Kesteven District Council supported Hedgehog Awareness Week last week by creating areas suitable for the prickly little creatures and by reminding its own gardeners to keep an eye out for them.The council is asking residents to take the same care and pay close attention to hedgehog needs on their own property too.The district council is putting British Hedgehog Preservation Society stickers on its grounds maintenance strimmers reminding the operators to check for hedgehogs before they start work.Domestic and commercial strimmers can cause horrific injuries and injured hedgehogs often have to be put to sleep, even if they survive the initial accident. If a nest is strimmed, gardeners should also check for babies as without an adult the young won’t survive.SKDC Cabinet Member for Environment, Coun Dr Peter Moseley, said: “Hedgehogs used to be a more common sight and although their decline is not fully understood, we can all make a difference to help protect their … [Read more...] about Council supports Hedgehog Awareness Week with warning to gardeners
This year, Mental Health Awareness Week from 14-20 May will focus on tackling Britain's stress "epidemic", after startling new statistics from the Mental Health Foundation showed that 74% of people have felt so stressed in the past year that they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. The study also suggested that the psychological effects of stress include feeling anxious, depressed and lonely. In addition, it showed that stress can cause damaging behavioural changes such as unhealthy eating and increased drinking and smoking. The largest known study of stress levels in the UK, the study was an online poll undertaken by YouGov, and had a sample size of 4,619 respondents. Meanwhile, another study of 5,000 UK adults has found that Britain is losing almost five billion hours of sleep worrying each year. The research, undertaken by YouGov for the Swinton Group, showed that this has a negative impact on their day-to-day wellbeing … [Read more...] about Mental Health Awareness Week 2018: 10 simple, affordable ways to manage stress
HospiceCare North Northumberland is urging people to talk about death, dying and bereavement as Dying Matters Awareness week takes place. Running from Monday, May 14, to Sunday, May 20, Dying Matters Awareness Week runs each year and provides an invaluable opportunity for communities to talk about the things that lots of people don’t want to discuss.During next week, the hospice is asking the public to encourage their friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours to discuss what they want for the end of their lives with those close to them.Losing the ability to make decisions for yourself can happen unexpectedly and thinking about your wishes and preferences can take time, so it’s best to begin as early as possible.Do it before it’s too late as we never know what’s around the corner.There are five simple steps that can get people started: Write your will, record your funeral wishes, plan your future care and support, consider registering as an organ donor, and … [Read more...] about A chance to talk about death in Dying Awareness Week
“I lived in fear every day of him hurting me, I was terrified. The stress and anxiety it caused me was something that took a long time to fade,” - a victim of stalking has spoken out about her experiences in order to raise awareness of what can be a ‘living nightmare’. The survivor, from Lincolnshire, has spoken out for the beginning of National Stalking Awareness Week which is this year focussing on ‘Reporting Stalking’ and the fears, embarrassments or feelings that it will not be taken seriously which mean that people do not report harassment or stalking to police.Lauren, whose name has been changed for her protection, was subjected to a constant barrage of texts, calls and messages.She felt constantly followed and watched.Her stalker threatened her life and threatened to harm her family.She lost her job and someone she was close to as a direct consequence of his actions.She cried herself to sleep then experienced such intense nightmares she kept … [Read more...] about Victim tells of ‘terrifying’ experience to raise awareness for National Stalking Awareness Week