Consider mental health too, says health body

Consider mental health too, says health body

NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting National Mental Health Awareness Week (12-18 May), which aims to highlight the issues faced by people who suffer from mental health issues. This year, the focus is on anxiety.

Most people feel anxious at some point in their lives; however these feelings can develop into something more serious like a panic, phobias or obsessional disorders. Research shows that the number of people who suffer with anxiety in the UK is rising with 8.2million people diagnosed in 2010.

People who live with a mental health problem often hide how they are feeling because they are afraid of how people will react. Anxiety can affect people in different ways and can be brought on by a by a number of reasons. Typical symptoms include:

Psychological symptoms to look out for can include:

• Feeling worried or uneasy a lot of the time
• Having difficulty sleeping
• Not being able to concentrate
• Being irritable
• Being extra alert
• Feeling on edge or not being able to relax
• Needing frequent reassurance from other people
• Feeling tearful

Some physical symptoms to look out for can include:

• Pounding heartbeat
• Breathing faster
• Palpitations (an irregular heartbeat)
• Feeling sick
• Chest pains
• Headaches
• Sweating
• Loss of appetite
• Feeling faint
• Needing the toilet more frequently
• “Butterflies” in your tummy

A spokesperson from NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Mental health should be considered as importantly as physical health. Awareness weeks like this are crucial in bringing mental health to the forefront of people’s minds, and helping show how common anxiety can be.”

To find out more about mental health, visit www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth or www.mentalhealth.org.uk