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Mental Health Awareness Week - Managing anxiety

Published: 15/05/2023

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is anxiety. Most of us will have felt anxious during our lives and it’s a totally normal emotion but sometimes it can be overwhelming and becomes a mental health problem.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease of fear and many things can make us feel like this including relationships, financial worries, work, health problems and significant life events. A recent survey by The Mental Health Foundation revealed that a quarter of adults said they felt so anxious that it stopped them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time. 

Rest assured that if you are living with anxiety, you are certainly not alone.

Birmingham Healthy Minds (BHM), our psychological therapies service for people with depression and anxiety symptoms advise that a key skill in managing anxiety is carving out time in your day to stop. Taking time out when we’re busy can be hard but is often the thing we need to do most.


Why not try this 'mini body scan' which takes just five minutes:


Please share your tips on managing anxiety to help others

Tag us on social media to share tips on how you manage anxiety. Whether it’s going for a walk, mindfulness or reading a good book please share your suggestions to help others.

Access support to manage anxiety

If you need support to manage anxiety or depression and are aged 16 and over, with a Birmingham GP, Birmingham Healthy Minds can help you. If you don’t have a Birmingham GP you can find your nearest talking therapies service via the NHS website.

To contact BHM you can email the service, text ‘BHM’ to 60777 or call 0121 301 2525 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday