Monitoring stress levels important for mental health

Release Date: 15 May 2018

Everyone across the borough is being encouraged to monitor their stress levels and take care of their emotional wellbeing during this Mental Health Awareness Week (14 – 20 May).

Research shows that two-thirds of people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime with stress often being a key factor. By dealing with stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

As part of the national week, The Mental Health Foundation has launched a new online stress checker, helping people gauge how stressed they are and ideas on how they can help deal with their emotional wellbeing.

The new administration at Richmond Council has committed to making access to community mental health services a priority. There will be a strong focus on improving access and reducing waiting times for children, young people and adults accessing services in the borough.

Cllr Piers Allen, Cabinet Member Designate for Adult Social Services and Health, said:

“We all know how stressful day to day life can get. With a variety of commitments, we often neglect our stress levels and mental health. This week is a good time to take stock of that.

“As a new administration we are committed to improving access to and reducing wait times for mental health services in the borough. It’s important to know that help is available should you need it.”

Dr Graham Lewis, Chair, NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We can all experience symptoms associated with stress, whether they are physical, emotional, in our behaviour or our mental health, and many causes of stress can be outside of our control, for example, school exams or changes in the workplace. 

“It is therefore important that we look at all of these symptoms together and as professionals encourage patients to find healthy solutions that work for them. During this Mental Health Awareness Week, which focuses on stress, I advise all Richmond Borough residents to take time to assess their own ways of managing stress and to see if trying something different is helpful.”

Find out more about mental health services in the borough.

Use the Stress Checker.

View the NHS guide on stress.

Notes for editors

It is anticipated Cllr Allen will be elected Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health at the Annual Full Council meeting on the 22 May 2018.

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Reference: P249/18

Updated: 31 May 2018