Are you surviving or thriving?

Date: 11 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week starts on 14 May, and this year the focus is on stress.

Around 16 million people are affected by poor mental health every year and stress often plays a key role in making things feel worse. Stress can be defined as the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of pressures that are unmanageable.

All sorts of situations can cause stress. Some of the most common involve work, money matters and relationships with partners, children or other family members. Stress may also be caused either by major upheavals and life events such as divorce, unemployment, moving house and bereavement, or by a series of minor irritations such as feeling undervalued at work. Sometimes there are no obvious causes.

A certain amount of stress is a normal part of life and can have some positive qualities. Some stress can motivate us to take action to deal with a problem, but too much stress can have negative consequences.

Bromley offers an ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) service called ‘Talk together Bromley’. People can be referred to the service by their GP (or other healthcare professional), or you can refer yourself if you are feeling anxious, stressed or down.  Talk together Bromley offers free talking therapies and specialist support to help you improve your mood, deal with stress, and manage your anxiety to improve your wellbeing.

The experienced team is made up of psychological wellbeing practitioners, psychological therapists, and counsellors. They offer guided self-help over the telephone or online, in workshops, therapy groups, or individual cognitive behavioural therapy or counselling.

Talk together Bromley run four session workshops once a week for one and a half hours on stress, which includes:


  • What is stress and how it is maintained?
  • The role of behaviour in stress
  • The role of thinking in stress 

Techniques to:

  • Manage physical symptoms of stress
  • Balance activity levels
  • Manage worries 

You can find out more about the service, including how to self-refer here. You can phone the service by calling: 0300 003 3000.

Further information 

For more details on stress, symptoms and help options visit the Mental Health Foundation 

Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for buying and planning many of your local NHS services in Bromley. If you have any comments about this article, suggestions for future publications or are interested in finding out more about the CCG, please telephone us on 01689 866544 or email:

  • Summary:

    Mental Health Awareness Week starts on 14 May, and this year the focus is on stress

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