For our stressed-out friends in the UK

So, anxiety appears in every corner of the earth, all peoples. To what degree and how it manifests itself is often unique culturally. As we explored in another blog post I did here UK moms are stressed out. Our friends in the UK are also dealing with one of if not thee most divisive issue in their society since WWII, Brexit.

If you live in a western culture, chances are you have access to resources that can help you through lives challenges. More and more we are seeing governments and societies recognize the debilitating impact that stress and anxiety has in its citizens. In my travels around the web I found a great website here

This is an excellent resource and means to get assistance for our friends in the UK. From the website:

Anxiety UK is a national registered charity (number 1113403) (company number 5551121) formed in 1970 by someone living with agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders. Today we are still a user-led organization, run by people with experience of living with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.

We work to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. We work regularly with external agencies and healthcare professionals to improve services for those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression and campaign to raise awareness of the conditions.

I clicked through the site and it appears to have a very robust offering of resources for UK citizens. As someone living with anxiety myself, one of the most challenging things you face is determining at what point do you, if at all, reach out for outside help. Not everyone is in need of services outside of their immediate family. As a matter of fact, most people don’t seek help at all.

It’s okay to need help in your life, it’s okay to use resources available to you. Take advantage of help if its offered, there is no shame in it. If you are healthy, you are productive and leading a good life. If that becomes your new normal, you might be in a position someday to offer someone help who is just like you used to be.

Remember, one day at a time, you’re doing great. You can do this !

2 thoughts on “For our stressed-out friends in the UK

  1. When I fist found myself suffering from anxiety attacks I didn’t know what it was or that help was out there. I suffered alone in a dark scary place for years. Eventually I sought help though it was just enough to have me functioning again. Years later (like 20 years) I had a major set back after my third child was born. I knew I needed to talk to someone. It took me several tries until I found a therapist that worked with me the way I felt comfortable and supported. Finding her was HARD. It was like navigating through a virtual web of thousands of therapists, most of which were not taking on new patients. It was horrible. I’m doing well today, as well as one cay any way. It’s with me always but I’ve conquered a lot and I’m proud of myself. This might be a bit off topic but it reminded me of the early days which would have been mid 1990s and how unknown mental health really was at the time. We’ve come a long way but still have a far way to go. Thanks for your post!

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