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Mind Your Health

Have you been feeling low in mood or panicky about things in the lastoccupational-health-tree-300x180 few weeks or months?

Are you struggling to keep going through the day without feeling tearful or worrying about things that may happen in the future? You may be finding it hard to carry on at work or even just get motivated to get up in the morning.

Mental health problems affect one in four people and symptoms can come on so gradually that you may not have noticed the signs. If you recognise some of the following symptoms and are concerned, it may help to talk to someone about your feelings:

  • changes in your appetite
  • thinking negative thoughts
  • finding it hard to concentrate
  • irritability or mood swings
  • not enjoying life as much as usual
  • trouble sleeping
  • perceiving things differently to others

To make a confidential 30 minute appointment with an Occupational Health Nurse, please ring extension 3187. After seeing you, the Nurse will be able to advise whether it would be helpful to access some further form of therapy or see your GP if medication may be indicated or need to be reviewed. They will also be able to discuss with you the poor lifestyle choices that can influence your mental health such as overeating and the positive lifestyle choices that we could all make more of

‘Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug…and exercise is the most potent yet underutilised antidepressant.’

Bill Phillips, Personal Fitness Trainer

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your symptoms and need more urgent support please contact the University Employee Assistance Programme on 0800 1116 387 (free from a UK landline) to talk to a trained counsellor.

The Good Mental Health Cooperative is holding it’s next Mental Wealth Trialogue to take part in an ‘open dialogue around mental health’ on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 6.00pm, Le Cafe Parisien.

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