A recent survey which was commissioned by The Mental Health Foundation has revealed that one third of Brits feel stressed out, one quarter feel anxious and nearly one fifth feel depressed on a regular basis.
The survey also found that nearly 50 percent of people find it difficult to relax after work and more than 60 percent of us would be interested in participating in stress-reducing activities in a bid to overcome this.
The results have led to calls for a national strategy to be introduced that will help to reduce the risk of people experiencing mental health problems through techniques such as mindfulness. The Chief Executive of The Mental Health Foundation, Jenny Edwards commented:
“We have just had a General Election where for the first time, mental health was a key issue addressed in the manifestos of the major parties. The public are calling for practical action. It’s now time to hold the new Conservative Government to commit to significant steps.
Of course adequate funding of mental health services is vital, but we also need a national prevention strategy for mental health to help prevent mental health problems from developing wherever possible.”
Health professionals across the country argue that the causes that increase the risk of mental ill health need to be tackled and that people need to be better equipped with the necessary tools to help prevent stress, anxiety and depression so that a resilience to these things can be built up.
Charities are campaigning for mindfulness in particular to be recommended by GPs and health professionals as a stress-reducing technique for those who are experiencing anxiety in their daily lives. Mindfulness has become one of the most encouraging practices to help support good mental health and studies have provided good evidence to show the positive impact that it has on people’s lives.
If you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, please feel free to visit our Depression and Anxiety Treatment Programmes page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments available. You can also contact us today for help.