Stress and anxiety are very similar and have similar symptoms.
Stress is a natural reaction and can occur in everyday life. We feel stress in response to situations that we find difficult or challenging. We all need a bit of stress to motivate us to reach our goals. However too much stress can be bad for our bodies and minds.
People can feel stressed because of specific situations like the death of a partner, relative or friend, or something more long-term such as being under a lot of pressure at work.
Stress can make us feel as though we are not able to deal with the situations we are facing. We can feel overwhelmed or as though we are unable cope.
Signs of stress can include:
• being irritable
• not being able to concentrate
• problems sleeping and being tired a lot
• feeling run down or ill
• feeling tense and drinking to cope, smoking too much or biting your nails, etc.
There are lots of ways that you can improve your stress levels and we are here to help. There is support and advice that we can provide to help improve your quality of life.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.