Stressed? Get help and give help
We all have times when we have low mental wellbeing – when we feel sad or stressed, or find it difficult to cope. Sometimes, there is no clear reason why we experience a period of poor mental health but it is important to give yourself permission to feel your feelings; we all need to be better at acknowledging that there are times when “it is OK to not be OK”.
Whether you have a mental health problem or not, there may be times or situations in your life that are more difficult than others. For example, when we suffer some sort of loss; experience loneliness or relationships problems; or are worried about work or money.
It can be easy to turn towards negative things to cope when you are feeling down, for example: drinking too much alcohol. However, this type of behaviour will probably only make things worse in the long term and so it is important to look after yourself and actively engage in reaching, and maintaining, good mental health and wellbeing. There is a helpful guide from Mind that gives lots of practical pointers
And how can you help someone else who may be struggling with stress? The award-winning Power of OK campaign from Scotland’s See Me programme gives some very practical advice (videos contains strong language)
What’s causing you stress? Get help
We know that there are lots of things that can cause us stress and impact on our mental health – we provide some information and resources below to help you with some of these issues too. there is also a stress section within Heads Up that has further information and advice.
One resource you may find helpful for coping with stress is the Steps for Stress resource - including a free guide to download, and relaxation videos. But there’s plenty of additional support available on a wide range of things that might be causing you stress. Try searching for specific resources on NHS Inform or via the ALISS info database or check out the resources below
What’s worrying you? Get support on…
- Money worries – Citizen’s Advice Scotland
can provide advice on money worries and a wide range of other problems
- Relationship and family difficulties – Relationships Scotland website
- Being a carer – a wide range of information is available from Carers Scotland
- Sleep problems – there is guidance available from Mental Health Foundation with How to Sleep Better or from the NHS Sleep Hygiene Guide
- Dealing with loss and bereavement – Cruse Bereavement Scotland
- Being bullied, harassed or discriminated against – a range of helpful resources available from Scotland’s Anti-Bullying service Respect Me
- Being a victim of crime - resources available from Victim Support Scotland
- Affected by murder or suicide of a loved one – contact Petal