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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 runs all this week (14th-20th May). Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the focus this year is on stress.

As part of their campaign, the MFA have published a report about our levels of stress in the UK, titled ‘Stress: are we coping?’. The key findings from this report are:

  • 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope
  • Over half of adults (51%) who felt stressed reported feeling depressed
  • 61% reported feeling anxious
  • Of the adults who said they had felt stress at some point in their lives, 16% said they had self-harmed
  • 32% said they had suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • Young adults are the age group most vulnerable to stress. Overall, 83% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they had been left overwhelmed or unable to cope
  • Young women are more at risk of stress than men
  • 36% of women who felt high levels of stress, related this to their comfort with their appearance and body image,compared to 23% of men
  • Housing worries (paying rent, affording to buy a house) are key stressors for more than 1 in 3 adults,
    aged 18-24
  • 60% of Those aged 18-24 reported higher stress related to the pressure to succeed, 60%

At No5, the current most common reason for referral to counselling with us is anxiety, itself a symptom of pressures faced by young people today, and of stress itself.

To download the report and check out MHF’s recommendations to address these issues, click here.