It’s that time of year again; exams are almost over, university is finishing for another year and students up and down the country are starting to leave their accommodation. And let’s face it, packing up your belongings and having to move out is never much fun.
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week (14th – 20th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme of this year’s campaign – which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is stress. And although stress itself isn’t a mental health problem, it is linked to our mental health in two key ways;
1. If you struggle to manage feelings of stress, it can cause mental health problems and make existing ones worse.
2. For those of us with mental health problems, managing symptoms, appointments and treatments can be an extra source of stress.
Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.
So, what is stress?
Stress is the body’s response when it senses danger. We all experience stress and need it to function, but when stress interferes with our lives, it becomes a problem. Too much stress, for too long, can make us ill. If unaddressed, stress can cause mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which can lead to self-harm and suicide. Stress can also affect your physical health and cause problems such as cardiovascular disease and problems with your joints and muscles.
Coping with stress
While some stress is unavoidable, there are some things that you can do that will help to protect you against stress and keep your stress levels in check. From exercising to speaking to others, take a look at our self-care tips.
If you are concerned about your stress levels, please pop to the Reception in your accommodation. Speak with our friendly Host team and they will be happy to help. Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week.
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To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.
It’s a simple campaign! If we can reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by 1% then we will donate £10,000, 2% reduction means £20,000, 3% is £30,000 and so on, to 3 charities; BulliesOut, Planet Patrol and World Land Trust.Show me all news
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