Stress and mental health
Stress is very much a feature of modern life. It isn't always bad. A reasonable amount of pressure can be good for us - it can challenge, motivate and stimulate us. Mental health is how we think, feel and behave.
Too much stress, on the other hand, can result in a range of health problems including headaches, stomach upsets, high blood pressure and even stroke or heart disease. It can also cause feelings of distrust, anxiety and fear, which in turn can destroy relationships at home and at work.
Symptoms of stress include:-
- Sense of loneliness and isolation;
- Irritability or short temper;
- General unhappiness;
- Disturbed sleep;
- Nervous habits, e.g. nail biting, pacing;
- Poor concentration;
- Constant worrying;
- Feeling overwhelmed.
Stress may lead to long-term problems with our mental wellbeing, such as anxiety and depression.
Positive stress busting techniques include the following:-
- Express yourself artistically;
- Take more exercise - a brisk walk can be particularly effective;
- Have a laugh;
- Try relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation;
- Improve your time management;
- Try to change the way you think and do something positive.
Mental health is how we think, feel and behave. One person in four in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. While mental health problems are common, most are mild. The family doctor and primary healthcare team can usually deal with them without referring the person for specialist help.
The most common mental health problems include addictions, anxiety, depression (including bi-polar disorder) and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Often these are a reaction to a difficult life event, for example moving house, bereavement or problems at work.
Other problems include:-
- Self harm;
- Alzheimer's disease/dementia;
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Kooth.com is a free, safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for young people to receive counselling, advice and support online. Available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year, it provides a much needed out of hours service for advice and help. Kooth gives young people aged 11-19 an alternative way of accessing free support when they need it, in a medium they know and use
The therapy team are qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, clinically supervised in house and independently to deliver evidence-based interventions.
Please call the Samaritans free on telephone number 116 123 or visit their website to the right hand side of this page.
For more information visit the link to the Kooth website on the right hand side of this page.
A mental health support network for Lincolnshire, providing local information on mental health services, statutory and voluntary organisations, self help groups and much more. You can access this at SHINE; telephone: 07969 872804; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Single Point of Access for LPFT services
Single Point of Access service provides a first point of contact for people aged 18 and over who wish to access mental health and learning disability services in Lincolnshire.
Designed for both routine or urgent referrals and enquiries, the single point of access contact centre is staffed by fully qualified and skilled healthcare professionals 24 hours a day, seven days' a week, 365 days' a year. The team provides advice and guidance through a triage process, where the urgency of care required is assessed.
Contact telephone number for Single Point of Access is 0303 123 4000.
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