AN NHS trust in Huddersfield has urged people suffering from severe stress to contact them in the wake of The Samaritans’ Stress Down Day.
The Samaritans raised awareness of the effects of stress in the workplace and raised funds for the charity with yesterday’s Stress Down Day.
South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust, which provides mental health services for people across Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, said anxiety and depression were the most common mental health problems in the UK and the majority of cases were caused by stress.
As a way of coping with and managing stress, the Trust is advising people to talk about how they are feeling with friends, family, colleagues or professionals.
They are also calling for those people to be open to friends, relatives and workmates, who may be feeling stressed.
Dr Nisreen Booya, the Trust’s medical director, said: “Everyone reacts differently to stress, and some people may have a higher threshold than others.
“When a person is under more pressure than they can cope with, the stress they feel can escalate into a more serious problem.
“Mental health is just like physical health and we shouldn’t ignore how we’re feeling, just like we wouldn’t ignore a niggling headache.
“Over a third of GP consultations are about mental health issues so if you’re struggling to cope, don’t be afraid to book yourself an appointment.
“The Samaritans are a fantastic source of help for many people experiencing distress”.
The Trust said stress was not considered a mental health problem in its own right, but long-term could be associated with anxiety or depression.
Not sure if you are stressed?
If you think you might be experiencing stress, ask yourself the following questions:
Are you angry and impatient with people close to you?
Do you feel close to tears over small events?
Are you behaving differently from usual?
Do you feel isolated from people around you?
Is your self-esteem at rock bottom?
Do you have any of these physical symptoms: Sleeplessness; loss of appetite; panic attacks and difficulty breathing, tight, knotty feelings in your stomach; low energy and lack of concentration; loss of interest in things around you.
For help contact your GP or alternatively The Samaritans by ringing 08457 90 90 90, email on firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.samaritans.org