Mental Health

 How to Manage and reduce Stress

Bedford street surgery and Furzton Medical Centre are using Mental Health Awareness Week (14th to 20th May) to promote the fact that we can all improve our mental health.

This year the campaign is focusing on stress. Hundreds of millions of people across the world are affected by mental health conditions and research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

Despite this a report from an NHS England taskforce estimates that 75 percent of people receive no help.

Research conducted in 2010 by the Centre for Mental Health shows that mental health conditions have a high financial cost to the economy too putting the figure at £105.2 billion. This figure includes the costs of health and social care for people with mental health problems, lost output in the economy, for example from sickness absence and unemployment, and the human costs of reduced quality of life.

"Two thirds of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives and when we do it’s important to think about some of the key factors that are the cause including stress. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.

It is also so important to nurture strong relationships with friends and family; so that we can call on them if and when we need to talk. Investing in our relationships is just as important as eating healthily, exercising and not smoking.

"Mental health problems can include low mood and depression, stress, anxiety, anger and panic attacks.  Most people who feel low will start to feel better after a few days or weeks but if these feelings persist or get in the way of everyday life then it is time to seek help.

"Sometimes difficult experiences or events can cause low moods and depression. Milton Keynes residents who are experiencing a common mental health problem such as work related stress, anxiety or relationship difficulties should think about speak with their GP.

"If you’ve been experiencing low moods, anger, stress or anxiety for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life then it may be time for you to make an appointment to speak to your GP.”

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week, visit


 SmileMK free courses - Smile :) MK is a programme of free courses delivered for Adult education ( part of Community Learning MK ) aimed at supporting adults aged 19 and above with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and / or sleep difficulties.

Arthur Ellis - Mental Health Support - Supporting children, young people and adults with their mental health


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