Chair's blog

Don’t stress - seek support during Mental Health Awareness Week

11 May 2018

Mental health is a key issue for our local residents and for the NHS. We know that one in four people will experience a mental health issue, and you’d be surprised how many people visit their GPs with varying degrees of anxiety, depression and stress.   

Stress is the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May). 

There’s no one reason for stress, and sometimes there’s no obvious cause. It can be a result of major upheavals and life changing events such as divorce, unemployment or bereavement; or a succession of seemingly minor irritations like feeling undervalued at work. 

Of course, some stress is normal, but too much can be harmful. Indeed, stress plays a major part in making poor mental health even worse. 

That’s why it’s essential for anyone feeling overwhelmed, or unable to cope as a result of unmanageable pressures, to contact the free, confidential Talking Therapies service on 0300 300 1554 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri), or book an appointment with their GP. 

Additionally, if you or anyone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please don’t hesitate to call the crisis line for free, any time of the day or night, on 0300 555 1000. 

Mental and physical health are often closely linked, so please don’t ever feel that you have to suffer in silence. 

For more information about accessing mental health services, please visit