Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2023. Anxiety was chosen as the theme for this year in order to kickstart a nationwide conversation designed to encourage people to share their own experiences and any helpful ideas on how they manage anxiety, whilst also increasing people's awareness and understanding of anxiety. Having an understanding of what anxiety is can go a long way in helping us or any young person we look after learn how to cope.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems anyone can face. In a recent mental health survey carried out around anxiety, a quarter of adults said they felt so anxious that it stopped them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time.
Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events. We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food.
Fortunately, there are several techniques that you can do yourself at home in order to manage any anxiety that you may have. Rethink Mental Illness has put together this quick guide with some top tips to cope with anxiety.
Kooth and Qwell provide free online support to those experiencing anxiety; Kooth's services are aimed towards younger people, whilst Qwell provide support to adults. Kooth’s team will be hosting a live forum discussion tonight to explore anxiety and share different ways of managing the difficulties that can arise. Whatever you’re going through, you don’t have to face it alone. Click here for more information.