Did you know one in four people experience some kind of mental health problem each year? During European Mental Health Week we’re encouraging everybody to look out for signs of stress and take action to help you avoid physical and psychological illness, damaged personal relationships and more.
Things to watch out for include an inability to make decisions, sleep pattern or appetite changes, irregular heart rate or exhaustion.
If you or someone you know is suffering, the sooner the symptoms are recognised the sooner they can be positively addressed.
Here are some great coping strategies:
- Take control - a crucial part of finding a solution that satisfies you and not someone else
- Accept things you can't change - concentrate on everything you do have control over
- Connect with people - talking things through with a colleague, friend or family member will help you find solutions to your problems
- Avoid unhealthy habits - don't rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as a way of coping
- Be active – physical activity can get you in the right state of mind to feel mentally strong
Plus there's the Post Office Employee Support Line, offering free, independent and confidential advice at https://postoffice.helpeap.com/, or by calling 0800 6888 777, open 24/7.