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Trust hosts Norwich event for Men's Health Week
09/06/2014

Men in Norfolk who are suffering from stress can access help and support from the Wellbeing Service, a free NHS service, led by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

This week is Men’s Health Week and one of the themes nationally is stress. In Norfolk, at least 1 in 8 men will be suffering today from stress, anxiety or low mood.

Recognising the signs of stress early and taking active steps to manage symptoms can make a big positive difference to everyday life

Nesta Reeve, consultant clinical psychologist, said: “Men are often reluctant to seek help for problems like stress and anxiety. Compared with women, they also tend to let problems develop and become more serious before they do get help.

“As a general rule men are also not as good as women at talking to friends about problems and can bottle things up. It’s also sometimes the case that men will self-medicate to cope with problems by drinking excessively or taking drugs.”

Stress is a very common issue and has an impact on every area of life including home life, relationships, family life, physical health and work. It is also having an impact on the economy, with sickness absence due to stress, anxiety or depression increasing by 29% in three years.

Men in Norfolk, who are registered with a GP, and think they are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, can refer themselves to the Norfolk Wellbeing Service or come along and hear more about the service at one of our Taster sessions. Please call 0300 123 1503 or visit www.readytochange.org.uk

To help raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health for men, staff from the Wellbeing Service will be on hand in a Norwich pub

Drop into the Trafford Arms pub, Grove Road, Norwich from 12.30 to 2.30pm on June 11 to learn more about positive mental health and what is available locally in the Wellbeing Service.

Trafford Arms pub landlord Chris Higgins said: “I think that this is a very positive initiative, as someone who has never been very good at handling stress I am looking forward to the availability of an informal chat with a professional in this field of healthcare.”

• Visit the Norfolk Wellbeing website for help with stress, anxiety and depression http://www.readytochange.org.uk/