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Borough urges residents to speak up about anxiety

Press release   •   May 13, 2014 16:30 BST

Rochdale Borough Council is urging residents to speak up about issues of anxiety, as part of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week.

Running between May 12 and 18, Mental Health Awareness week will address anxiety as a public health issue, and promote ways to reduce anxiety in everyday life.

Each year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem such as anxiety or depression and one in 100 of us will have a severe mental health problem, while personal financial  stresses resulting from the current economic climate are recognised as major causes of anxiety and depression.

In 2011, as many as 13.3 million working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety, while research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation states that one in six of us in the UK struggle with mental health issues at any one time.

Leader of Rochdale Borough Council and Lead Member for Health, Councillor Colin Lambert said: “Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life but often what can begin as normal, everyday anxiety can develop into something more serious, like a panic, phobia, or obsessional disorder.

“Evidence shows that the number of cases of anxiety is growing in the UK, with 8.2 million people diagnosed in 2010. The Mental Health Foundation and Rochdale Borough Council is speaking up about ways we can all manage anxiety before it seriously harms our wellbeing.”

Since 2000, Mental Health Awareness week has pushed topics like loneliness, altruism, sleep, anger, fear, alcohol and friendship into the public arena, and encouraged those affected to speak up about their difficulties.

The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s leading mental health and learning disability charity providing information, carrying out research, campaigning and working to improve services for anyone affected by mental health problems, whatever their age and wherever they live.

For help and advice concerning anxiety or any other mental health issue, contact Rochdale and District Mind: 01706 752352

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For more information about managing anxiety and how you can get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week, visit the Mental Health Foundation’s website:

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