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Mental Health Awareness Week

It's Mental Health Awareness Week from 16-22 May

Across the country, supporters will be promoting good mental health and wellbeing and raising awareness of organisations such as Breathing Space and Living Life, which can offer emotional support and advice.

Mental wellbeing and stress

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Stress is one key factor which can affect your mental wellbeing. It can affect how you think, feel, behave and how your body works. In small amounts stress can help us to cope in challenging situations but over a longer period can lead to a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms can include anxiety, low mood, headaches, muscle pain, racing thoughts, irritability and sleeplessness. 

Many of life’s demands can cause stress, especially work, relationships and money problems. When you feel stressed, it can affect everything you do. 

Stress in the Workplace

One in six of all working individuals in the UK reported that their job is very or extremely stressful. Work-related stress accounts for 35% of work related ill health.

Be Aware Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Unison, together with UCATT, POA, PCS and GMB unions, with backing from the TUC, will be promoting their 'Be Aware' campaign in partnership with NHS24, the Scottish Prison Service, BAE systems, HMRC, East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust, Wheatley Housing Group, City Building and West Lothian College throughout Mental Health Awareness Week.

The initiative will provide information and signposting to help raise awareness of steps which can be taken to address issues such as stress and anxiety in the workplace and signpost to appropriate services.

Further information about how to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week, and other initiatives taking place, can be found on the Mental Health Foundation website.