Posted: Friday 11th May 2018
We all know what it’s like to feel stressed and unfortunately it is part of everyday life. But when we get overwhelmed by stress it can become difficult to manage and even affect our mental health. With two thirds of us experiencing a mental health problem in our lifetime, it’s vitally important to raise awareness of how to manage our stress to help prevent problems such as anxiety, and depression – the most common mental health disorders in Britain.
That’s why Hertfordshire County Council is working with Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust, who are running a number of events in support of Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May) and the focus for 2018 is on stress management.
The events taking place next week across the county are aiming to open up conversations about stress and help our residents develop healthy coping strategies.
How can you get involved?
A variety of talks and workshops are taking place at Stevenage Wellbeing Centre on May 16 – along with the chance to try Laughter Yoga and other activities. The event is organised by Spot the Signs along with Mind in Mid Herts. To find out more about events available during the week please follow HPFT on twitter @HPFT_NHS and their Facebook page
There is also research to suggest that regular exercise is vital to our mental health, so why not get involved in a Hertfordshire Health Walk to boost those endorphins during Mental Health Awareness Week? There’s a mass health walk taking place on Monday in Hertfordshire and you’ll find information on where other walks are being held during the week here: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/recycling-waste-and-environment/countryside-management/hertfordshire-health-walks/hertfordshire-health-walks.aspx
Other initiatives that are tackling mental health in Hertfordshire:
Hertfordshire County Council is also leading a campaign to encourage young people to ‘Just Talk’ about their mental health. Acollaborativeproject withhealth, council, community and voluntary organisations and schools across Hertfordshire, #JustTalk aims to normalise conversations about mental health. Visit www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/justtalk for more information.