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Stress Awareness Day 2017

Posted on the 25th October 2017

People in Lancashire who are struggling with common stress-related problems can now access a 6-week Stress Control Course for support.

Stress is often the term used when a person feels anxious, emotional, low or overloaded. It is extremely common to feel stressed in some way, with around 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem during their lifetime. As part of National Stress Awareness Day on 1 November 2017, healthcare professionals at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are reminding people of the stress management courses that are available.

The courses are run by the Trust’s Mindsmatter Teams and help people to improve low mood, reduce stress and overcome poor sleep. The course of six sessions also aims to encourage positive physical health and improve overall wellbeing, and is accessible to anyone who is aged 16 or over. These sessions run on various days, times and locations throughout Lancashire and St Helens.

Kieran Fleck, Mindsmatter Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Lead at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We understand that it is extremely tough for people to reach out when they are suffering with stress-related problems. Whether a person is feeling low, anxious or experiencing an overload at home or in their work place, it is important recognise why it is happening in order to manage it. Our Stress Control courses help people to make changes to their lives and teaches coping mechanisms in order to reduce stress. We have good evidence that the Stress Control course is a highly effective way for many people to make big improvements to how they feel. We are appealing to anyone who needs the support to get in touch. You won’t need to share any personal information with other members of the class – just turn up, listen and try it out.”

To access the workshop, people can refer in via the online referral form, by post, over the telephone or by visiting their GP. A brief welcome telephone call will be arranged to discuss times, dates, locations and to book your place.  To access the referral form or for more information about the interventions the service offers please visit