As part of Mental Health Awareness Week’s focus on stress, Oxford City Council is highlighting the activities, resources and support available to tackle stress and improve mental health and wellbeing.
Research, from the Mental Health Foundation, has found that 74 per cent of UK residents have felt so stressed in the last year that they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Chronic stress is particularly harmful and can increase the risk of developing anxiety, insomnia, depression, heart disease and cancer.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 14 to 20 May, the City Council will be highlighting ways to tackle stress via social media and on a specially-created website, www.oxford.gov.uk/thriveinoxford.
Oxfordshire Mind, an Oxford-based mental health charity, suggests that one way to tackle stress is to take part in regular exercise.
The City Council delivers and supports a range of free and discounted sports and recreational activity in Oxford, including health walks, jogging groups, table tennis, netball, yoga and various classes for new mothers.
For information about activities, resources and support available in Oxford to tackle stress, please visit: www.oxford.gov.uk/thriveinoxford.
Councillor Louise Upton, Executive Board Member for Healthy Oxford, said: “Busy and hectic days have become a hallmark of lives in the 21st century, but stress does not have to be a way of life for residents in Oxford. I would encourage anyone who is struggling with stress to visit oxford.gov.uk/thriveinoxford to find out about some of the help and support that is available in the city.”