The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Anxiety’.
Anxiety is an emotion that affects us all. Whether you’re worried about passing an exam, concerned about money or trying something new that you’ve not done before, it’s normal to feel some level of anxiety at stressful times in life.
However, anxiety can become a big issue when it starts impairing our functioning and severely affecting our mood. Excessive anxiety can create a level of stress and hopelessness that affects our overall mental health and wellbeing. Some symptoms of anxiety include difficulty sleeping, feeling sick, restlessness and racing thoughts. There may also be behavioural changes, such as avoiding social interaction or situations that trigger stress.
With the right support and healthy coping strategies, anxiety can be made more manageable. Focusing on anxiety this Mental Health Awareness Week provides us with an opportunity to understand how anxiety affects mental health.
The world is different if you experience a mental illness. It’s time for a society that truly cares for people living with mental illness.