Learning to control stress levels with new Rotherham NHS Trust programme

Stock pic Rotherham - Rotherham General Hospital.
Stock pic Rotherham - Rotherham General Hospital.

Those in the Dearne needing to control their stress levels are being offered help by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

They say if the pressures of life are getting you down and making you feel stressed and anxious or if you worry a lot then a stress control class offered by them has been made available to help you.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) is funding a free five-week educational programme which teaches people to control their stress and worry in an easy and manageable way.

Stress control classes are designed for people who are feeling stressed or worried or think that they might be suffering from problems such as anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties and panic.

RDaSH psychological therapies manager, Lynn Miller, said: “One in six people suffer from stress or anxiety during their lives. This course that we offer aims to teach people to understand the triggers of their stress and anxiety and provides them with the support and self-help techniques to be able to manage it effectively.

“Here at the Trust we can also provide those attending with an information pack and activities that those attending can carry out and is suitable for people to work through in their own time.”

Sessions for the stress courses start on February 4 and they will take place every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm at the Unity Centre, which is on Saint Leonard’s Road, Rotherham, and it is hoped people will attend for full five week run.

Classes are open to anyone over the age of 18, who is registered with a GP practice in the Rotherham area including the Dearne. The Trust emphasises that stress control is not suitable for people who have major problems with alcohol or they have any drug issues or people with thoughts of self-harm.

If you are interested you can contact your GP for help with either of these problems.

For more information, or to book a place, those wanting to attend should call 01709 302630.

Facts about stress: Sleeping problems, sweating, loss of appetite and difficulty concentrating are common signs of stress (NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk).

Stress is believed to trigger 70 percent of visits to doctors and 85 percent of serious illnesses (UK HSE Stress Statistics).

Half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill (MIND website www.mind.org.uk).

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) provides a range of mental health, learning disability, drug and alcohol and community health services across the whole of Rotherham and the Doncaster areas.