Today is National Stress Awareness Day apparently. We all get stressed. It is a natural part of life. The issue I see with stress is the severity and/or the duration and the implications of that. Since being diagnosed with diabetes I can tell by my blood sugar readings where my stress levels are. Stress = higher sugar levels… Which in turn stresses me out if I am not careful!
Symptoms of stress can be cognitive, emotional, physical and/or behavioural. It effects how you behave socially with friends, through to impacting on your immune system, to leaving you irritable and with poor concentration. It effects everyone in a different way so the most important things are to talk about what is stressing you with a suitable person and understanding that each of us have different thresholds of managing stress.
For some people stress and other mental health issues become too much for them and they will consider taking their own lives. This is something we very rarely talk about in Ireland but if you are reading this post and feel that way I implore you to please reach out to someone! There are a number of helplines that you can contact if you don’t feel that you can discuss how you are feeling with those closest to you.
The 1life service is available to anyone living in the Republic of Ireland, who may be feeling suicidal, in crisis or worried about a loved or friend. You can contact them on their Freephone Helpline, available 24 hours every day – 1800 247 100 or by texting the word HELP to 51444.
The Samaritans are another option. You can contact them by phone at 08457 90 90 90 (UK) or 1850 60 90 90 (ROI). See here for other ways to contact them.
Pieta House is also another great resource for those who are feeling suicidal or for people who have concerns that someone is considering taking their own life. You can contact them in a number of ways that are all outlined here.
If you know of any other organisations that you feel may be of help please leave their details in the comments!