May 14th – 20th is celebrated as Mental Health Awareness Week across the UK. Every year the initiative picks a theme to tackle and in 2018 this theme is STRESS. Everyone has at some point come across stress, young people especially are increasingly exposed to new sources of stress whether it be social media or in education.

Some Stats:

  • In the past year, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope
  • Only 7% of young adults reported never feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past year
  • 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.
  • 51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious.

While the majority of the population suffer from one of a variety of mental health issues, not everyone is getting the necessary help. This is where this week comes to help:

How can I get involved?

You can simply contribute to the cause through donations or become a fundraiser yourself. To fund raise you can put on any number of activities and events, as big or small as you like, at your university, work or halls. For more information on how to help visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/get-involved

To raise awareness you can proudly order and wear your green pin badge out

Find out how stressed you are currently

Do a simple test here www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health/stress-test

For more information on Stress and how to deal with it better visit

www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/stress-are-we-coping

If you are feeling stressed in your halls or at university there’s a number of ways you can get support. You can contact your dwell team through our Social Media channels on weekdays (We’re on FB, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube). Or alternatively speak to one of our member of team on site or by ringing the number 0161 200 5560.