Mental Health Awareness Week is upon us and this year’s theme is ‘Anxiety’, one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world. Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 will take place from 12-18 May. The week is to help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues.
Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives, whether they’re going for an interview or even going on a date. Imagine feeling that way all the time, feeling so anxious that you can’t leave the house. Well, it’s a problem that is becoming all too familiar throughout the UK. The stresses of modern day life seem to be getting too much for lots of us.
Mental health problems have steadily increased over the past 20 years and according to the Mental Health Foundation around 1 in 6 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem like anxiety each year. It is likely that people do not seek help for significant levels of anxiety, meaning many remain without diagnosis or treatment.
The aim of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is to address anxiety as a public health issue, and promote ways to reduce anxiety in everyday life. Again, according to statistics from the Mental Health Foundation in 2011, as many as 13.3 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety.
Anxiety can be caused by numerous things and the disorder can turn a person’s world upside down, everyday activities can feel as difficult as climbing a mountain. Well, don’t worry, there’s help out there. Leeds has some great support centres where likeminded people meet and work through their problems together.
For more information, follow this link to access the different types of services in Leeds offering support to people with mental health problems.
Read what happened when we took a trip to one of Leeds Mental Health day centres in tomorrow’s blog.