Take a moment to reduce stress in Mental Health Awareness Week urges Cynon AM

Vikki Howells, Assembly Member for the Cynon Valley, is supporting Mental Health Awareness week.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, is focussing on stress. Research has shown that 16 million people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, and stress is a key factor in this.

By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. We will look at how we can tackle stress and help improve our mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation, who host the week, have put together a guide, with an introduction to what stress is, what the signs of stress are, what simple steps you can take when feeling stressed and provide practical advice for preventing it:- https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-manage-and-reduce-stress

During Mental Health Awareness Week, they will be calling for change – for a less stressed nation. They also want to strengthen people’s ability to handle the pressures of life. During This week, they will be producing blogs, films and resources as well as a ground breaking report on stress.

Vikki Howells AM said:-

“Mental Health awareness week is an opportunity to focus everyone’s attention on stress and the impact stress can have on our mental health.  I imagine that most residents in Cynon Valley will recognise the symptoms of stress and how our busy and highly connected lives often make stress more of a constant.

“I congratulate the Mental Health Foundation on producing this guide, on simple ways to manage and reduce stress.  We would all benefit from taking a look, I and my staff will certainly be taking time to do this.”