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UCL Occupational Health Service: World Mental Health and National Stress Awareness

17 October 2012

UCL Occupational Health Service is promoting a combined health promotion on World Mental Health and National Stress Awareness.

Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities, and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease.

Although there are known effective treatments for depression, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment.

This year's theme for National Stress Awareness Day is Defining Outcomes for Wellbeing at Work.

Causes of work-related stress can be prevented as well as managed by Achieving Wellbeing and Working together.

Here are top ten stress busting tips to help you make a start.

1. Learn to manage your time more effectively

2. Adopt a healthy lifestyle

3. Know your limitations and do not take on too much

4. Find out what causes you stress

5. Avoid unnecessary conflict

6. Accept the things you cannot change

7. Take time out to relax and recharge your batteries

8. Find time to meet friends

9. Try to see things differently, develop a positive thinking style

10. Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as coping mechanisms

The Occupational Health Service provides useful information and advice on the following:-

Managing stress at work

Managing pressure and avoiding stress

Resilience and high performance

For members of staff who need support regarding a disability, contact the Equalities Team at equalities@ucl.ac.uk .

Your Employee Assistance Programme

UCL staff requiring emotional support can contact their employee assistance programme at assistance@workplaceoptions.com Freephone 0800 243 458. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 year

Further information and Support Services

International Stress Management Association phone 0845 680 7083 email stress@isma.org.uk

Mind helpline 0300 1233393http://www.mind.org.uk/

Mental Health Foundation http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Elaine Fletcher, Occupational Health Service, Human Resources Division