Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people to be alert to the signs and symptoms of anxiety this week (12 – 18 May) as part of a national campaign dedicated to increasing awareness of mental health issues.
The Trust is asking Derby and Derbyshire residents to notice when they feel anxious as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2014, and to try different ways of managing that anxiety so it doesn't become a problem.
‘Anxiety’ is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Anxiety disorders affect around one in five people in the UK on a daily basis. Yet few people are aware of what anxiety is, how it can be managed – and who to turn to if it becomes a real problem.
The Trust is advising people who experience anxiety on a regular basis to:
Try and stay healthy: eat well, get some exercise and fresh air every day, and get plenty of sleep - but don't stay in bed all day
Do things you enjoy and are good at: rather than thinking about things that are going wrong, or that could go wrong, focusing on your strengths will help you believe in yourself
Spend time with friends and family, and take time to relax
Talk to someone and, if needs be, ask for help: don’t keep things bottled up. One of the most effective ways of treating anxiety is the ‘talking therapies’ approach, as talking helps us to explore what’s really bothering us and to find new ways to look at the world. This is the approach used by our Talking Mental Health Derbyshire service.
People experiencing prolonged anxiety can either contact their GP for further advice and support, or contact and ‘self-refer’ to a talking therapies service such as Talking Mental Health Derbyshire. This service is one of five that is responsible for Derbyshire being one of the best places in the country for patients recovering from common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Trust teams up with award-winning national newspaper for young people
Derbyshire Healthcare would also like to thank First News for working closely with us this Mental Health Awareness Week to raise awareness and understanding of anxiety issues with children and young people. To view the full newspaper article, featured in Issue 412 (on sale 9 to 15 May 2014), please visit First News: truly anxious?