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Health professionals to play key role in campaign to tackle stress

A new mental health improvement campaign is to be launched highlighting the steps individuals can take to help cope with stress.
The Scottish Government campaign, due to be launched at the beginning of November, will aim to help people recognise if they are stressed and encourage them to access simple self-help resources to help them start to deal with it.
A key part of the campaign will be a six-part prime time TV series on STV called Make Me Happier, which is funded by the Scottish Government and starts on Thursday, November 12. 
Research has shown that stress is a serious and widespread issue in Scotland, which affects all kinds of people from all walks of life.  The new campaign is aimed specifically at those experiencing socio-economic deprivation in the 25-54 year old age range.
The Scottish Government has been consulting with professional bodies such as the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Nursing, local health boards and Community Planning Partnerships on the campaign as health and social care professionals have been identified as being key to its success.
GPs, nurses, social workers and those working for voluntary sector organisations are among those being made aware of the campaign and encouraged to signpost relevant individuals to access the campaign resources.
Endorsing the campaign, Theresa Fyffe, Director of RCN Scotland, said: “Stress is a very relevant issue right now. The combination of economic recession, winter, and the upcoming Christmas season will place pressure on many individuals and families over the next few months.
“Nurses and other health professionals – particularly those working in community and primary care – have a crucial role to play in raising awareness of the effects of stress, and in supporting people to identify and respond to their own signs of stress before more serious health issues result.”
Scottish Government