Information on how many people in the UK population as a whole are affected by stress is very limited. However, our new survey found that over the past year, almost three quarters of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems.
The report available to download below, by the Mental Health Foundation, looks at the prevalence of stress in the UK and its implications. It also focuses on what we can do to manage and reduce stress and our recommendations for the government in creating a stress-free UK.
Life expectancy in the UK has risen steadily throughout recent history. However, there’s evidence that this long-term trend is finally running out of steam.
2010 marked a turning point in long-term mortality trends, with improvements tailing off after decades of steady decline – in both males and females, and at younger and older ages. In the 100 years to 2010–12, life expectancy increased by nearly three years every decade, but between 2011 and 2016 it increased by only 0.4 years for males and 0.2 years for females.
2015 was an exceptional year when life expectancy fell across virtually all of Europe. The age-standardised mortality rate3 in England and Wales in 2015 increased by 3 per cent for males and 5 per cent for females over 2014, leading to a fall in life expectancy. Most of the ‘excess’ deaths occurred early in the year and among people aged 75+.
Although life expectancy has picked up in 2016 and 2017, the Office for National Statistics announcement that the mortality rate in quarter one of 2018 was higher than in any quarter since 2009 prompted the Department of Health and Social Care to ask Public Health England to undertake a review of mortality trends in England and Wales.
The Kingsfund has a really excellent article on the subject on their website at the moment and it’s well worth a read as this is a fascinating and revealing subject.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
This is very special place won the Art Museum of the Year 2014 award. The charity covers 500 acres of historic landscape, and has open-air displays of sculpture by some of the world’s leading artists. It also features in a new guide to free days out in the UK, produced by Age UK.
Of particular importance is Barbara Hepworth, a native Yorkshire woman, whose work is here in the open air, where it’s ‘allowed to breathe’.
As well as having plenty of space to walk around, you can join sculpture classes, see the exhibitions and five indoor galleries, and of course sit down at the restaurant for that all-important cup of tea.
Free mobility scooters are available, which must be booked in advance. Dogs on leads are most welcome. Parking charges apply.
The Park is close to the Henry Moore Institute, the Hepworth Wakefield and Leeds Art Gallery for a real art-lovers treat.
Find out more on the official website
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