Mental Health Awareness Week (14 May – 20 May 2018) is a national campaign organised by Mental Health Foundation. The year’s awareness week will focus on stress.

For more details about Mental Health Awareness week:

Invitation to two Essex Health and Wellbeing Days

This mental health awareness week why not come and find out about local services that can help you stay well and healthy both physically and mentally at a Health & Wellbeing Day organised by Health in Mind: Two days have been planned


Where:           Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Campus, Lord Ashcroft Building,

                     Chelmsford, CM1 1SH)

When:            Monday 14 May 2018, 10am to 3pm.

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Where:           Albert Edward Hall Community Centre, Legerton Drive Clacton-on-Sea CO16 8BW

When:             Friday 18 May 2018, 10am to 3pm.

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Each event is free to attend and will give you access to talk to local services about the support they can offer you at an interactive marketplace.

A programme of educational workshops will also be running throughout the day – to be announced shortly. All attendees will also receive a free goodie bag full of treats.

For more information and to book a space, please visit:

Feeling stressed?

If the answer is yes, you are not alone.

According to the Mental Health Foundation 12 million people visit their GP with mental health problems every year and many are dealing with stress.

Lots of things can cause stress, including work, relationships and money problems. Stress can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works – from how well you sleep to your immune system.

Dealing with stress is important, low levels of stress can be useful at times to help us concentrate on our goals or highlight something that needs to change. When stress is ongoing for a long time it can impact upon our physical and mental health.


Top Tips for Destressing

  • A Balanced Diet: watch out for hidden sugars and be sure to drink plenty of water.
  • Sleep Hygiene: it is important to listen to your body – don’t force yourself to go to bed unless you’re tired, but don’t fight it either if it’s early.
  • Relaxation: relaxation is important as it helps us feel less tense. Why not try yoga, breathing techniques or hobbies.
  • Speak Out: share the problem with family or friends, don’t try to cope alone. Talking it through will put things into perspective.


North Essex IAPT Services Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


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