Today is the last day of Mental Health Awareness Week.
This is an annual campaign by Mental Health Foundation to raise awareness of the symptoms, impact and treatment of mental health issues.
This year the campaign focuses on anxiety. One in four people experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year and anxiety is one of the leading causes of mental ill-health and the most common mental health problem in Britain.
There are many organisations who can help. The Bank Worker’s Charity (BWC) provides a range of support services to bank workers and their families in the UK.
Paul Barrett, Head of Wellbeing at BWC says: 'There’s no one best way of dealing with stress or anxiety but there are a number of approaches that work well for many people.
'Sharing the concerns and fears that lie beneath your stress or anxiety with others is a good way of finding relief and helping to get problems in proportion. Where possible, take control of the situation that’s causing your anxiety. This can reduce the sense of helplessness and often helps resolve the problem.
'Each day try and identify the good things you have in your life or the things that have gone well for you. Often things are much more positive than they appear'.
There are a range of guides on BWC’s website which can help bank workers with anxiety and stress.
You might also want to try the online tool, Beating Stress Interactive which includes activity based information, advice and guidance and a personalised action plan.