This week (14th – 20th May) is Mental Health Awareness week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This year the focus for Mental Health Awareness week is STRESS! Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetime, and stress is a key factor in this.
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.
Over the course of this week we have been supporting Mental Health awareness week and discussing with some of our students in our different classes how to handle stress.
Some facts on stress and mental health from the results of the Mental Health Foundation's 2018 study - The study was an online poll undertaken by YouGov, and had a sample size of 4,619 respondents. This is the largest known study of stress levels in the UK.
In the past year, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope.
46% reported that they ate too much or ate unhealthily due to stress. 29% reported that they started drinking or increased their drinking, and 16% reported that they started smoking or increased their smoking.
37% of adults who reported feeling stressed reported feeling lonely as a result.
Here are some photos of the staff and students at HS4LC supporting #mentalhealthawarenessweek
At HS4LC we provide a thriving adult education centre and community hub for around 100 people with learning disabilities. We run a whole range of classes that change yearly.
To find out more about HS4LC click here.